Second Presbyterian Church Welcomes New Minister


Second Presbyterian Church, located at 801 Waller Street, will welcome The Reverend Allison Bauer as its new minister on Sunday, April 10, when she begins her tenure as Pastor, conducting her first official worship service in Portsmouth.

Reverend Bauer is a 1997 graduate of Slippery Rock High School in Pennsylvania and a 2001 graduate of Grove City College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in Religion. In 2005 she received her Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where she has continued to serve the Seminary as a Field Education Supervisor and as a past president of its Alumni Council.

In May, she will receive the Fred McFeely Rogers Award for Creative Ministry, conferred by the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary.

Since 2006, Reverend Bauer has served as pastor of Frankfort Presbyterian Church in Hookstown, Pennsylvania. She has been active in the Beaver-Butler Presbytery as its moderator, a supply minister to churches in the presbytery and a commissioner to several General Assemblies.

Reverend Bauer is a respected retreat leader and organizer for both youth and adult programs. She has organized a number of seminars for Presbyterian clergy and lay members dealing with such topics as “Shaping our Congressional Identity,” “Resources for Female Clergy Pastoring in Small Churches” and “Pastoral Care in the Wake of a Suicide.”

Her extensive work with youth includes summer jobs from 1997 – 2001 at Camp Crestfield in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania and at Kirkmont Center in Zanesville, Ohio in 2002 where she was Summer Program Coordinator. She also served a three-year stint as Youth Director at the Meridian United Presbyterian Church in Butler, Pennsylvania.

When Pastor Allison is not sitting in a meeting which she admits she actually enjoys, she is an avid hiker with her dog, loves kayaking and photography, serves as Commissioner of her family’s fantasy football league and considers herself “technologically savy,” designing websites and maintaining blogs and podcasts on her church’s website.

Rev. Bauer will move to Portsmouth the week of April 3 and plans to be at work in the church office on Thursday, April 7.

Sunday morning worship services at Second Presbyterian Church begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour and Sunday School.