Sharon S Waltenbaugh
Phone (724) 354-2170
2477 Dutch Run Rd
Pastor Sharon has been United Methodist since infancy, being raised in the Elderton Charge, more specifically, Salem, Advance, PA. This small, one-room church, which longer stands, was equipped with the finest pot-belly stove at its center. Also at its center was the love of God and a lot of memories which remains in her heart. Those memories are of the faithful who gathered every other Sunday for worship at 1 PM,
Upon graduation from the Marion Center Area School District, she was employed by Fisher Scientific as a machinist and fabricator. While "Fisher" would wind down its production at the Indiana location, she worked at various jobs: IUP's Co-Gen; School Bus Driver for the Marion Center and Indiana School Districts; Data Entry Tech for Diamond Pharmacy's State Correctional department.
While employed by Diamond Pharmacy, she was called to ministry and completed all necessary requirements of the UMC: Certified Lay Minister (CLM); Licensing School; and the first ten classes of Course of Study (COS) in Spencer, WV an extension of Course of Study School of Ohio (COSSO).
During her employment at Diamond Pharmacy and COS, Sharon was appointed to the Indiana District as an interim pastor to serve throughout the Western PA Annual Conference. She has been honored to preach the Word in the UMC, Non-denominational churches, Non-denominational with United Methodist roots, the Presbyterian Church, and the Church of the Brethren.
Sharon has served the Derry First UMC as interim; appointed as Co-pastor to the Kiski Charge (New Beginnings, Saltsburg, Vandergrift); Sr. Pastor to the Clymer Charge (Clymer, Diamondville, Starford, Tanoma). She would serve the Tri-City Charge (Arnold, Braeburn, New Kensington First). Here current appointment is within the New Alexandria/Saltsburg Charge.
Pastor Sharon is supported in ministry by her husband, Duwane, who is employed by a local trucking company. They reside in the Elderton area, close to the location of the former Salem Church. She and Duwane have a grown son. Curtis and his wife, Raquel, has blessed them with two grandson: Gage and Gradyn. Sharon enjoys cooking, canning and watching the large and small critters as they wonder through the fields adjacent to their country setting. Her heart beats for the small, local church, where relationships are formed, where the warmth of fellowship is found, and the simplicity of the gospel of Jesus Christ is revealed.