MEET OUR NEW INTERIM PASTOR
The Rev. James N. Latta has been a member of Shenango Presbytery since June 2003. His formal preparation for ministry included earning a bachelor’s degree in education with a music major from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and his Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has since pursued doctoral-level studies at Erskine Seminary, Due West, SC, and Pittsburgh Theological Seminary in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. Jim has most recently served as the interim pastor at Faith Presbyterian Church, Hermitage, PA and as pastor of Calvin Presbyterian Church, Ellwood City, PA.
During his 33 years of ordained ministry he previously served churches in Anderson and Greenville, South Carolina; Punta Gorda, Florida; and Wellsville, Ohio. During his career he has provided leadership in the presbyteries of Upper Ohio Valley, Southwest Florida/Peace River, Foothills, and Shenango, mainly in the areas of evangelism/church growth, and theological concerns/Christian education. He has also provided leadership in starting two new Presbyterian churches and bringing another church into the PCUSA from another denomination. In addition, he has served the church as a synod commissioner and committee member and twice as a General Assembly commissioner. In addition to church activities, Jim is an accomplished bagpiper and clarinetist. He has been a longtime member of Rotary, and is a past-president of the Rotary Club of Ellwood City.
Jim has been blessed to be married to his wife Doreen for 41 years. They have two adult children: Christopher Latta of Mercer, PA and Stephanie Bell (and her husband, Seth) of Punta Gorda, FL. Rounding out the family are four dogs (an 11 year-old German Shepherd, two Huskies, and an adopted Pit Bull) and three cats!
YOUTH GROUP FALL RETREAT Sept. 22-24
Registration is now open for the annual youth retreat! This year, we are headed to Camp Casowasco September 22-24 for weekend of fun, fellowship, and growing our relationship with God. The retreat is open to all youth in grades 7-12, and the cost is $90/person ($80 for two or more). We are also in need of adult advisers to come along. Contact Rev. Danny Peters ([email protected]) with questions or for more information.
SUNDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m.
Staring Sunday, Sept. 17 at 9:30 a.m. we will discuss Dr. Randy Alcorn’s study entitled “Heaven.” Each of the seven sessions will include a DVD presentation, discussion about what we have seen on the DVD, and questions from the accompanying study guide. Everyone is welcome! Please join us as we discover what our eternal future holds through this scripturally-based study. For questions, please contact Beth Spalty (223-8987).