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South Sider returns to lead Walton Church


August 9, 2005

Rev. Don Anderson

Rev. Don Anderson, a native Pittsburgher and former resident of South Side, has been appointed to Walton United Methodist family fellowship church on South 17th Street, South Side.

Anderson, a lifelong United Methodist, is a graduate of Allegheny College in Meadville; and studied for the ministry at Duke University School of Theology.

He is the father of five, and grandfather of seven children, almost all of whom live in the Pittsburgh area.

 A former high school English teacher at Bethel Park, he was appointed to Stanton Heights UMC following completion of his studies at Duke, and before his appointment to Walton on South Side. He brings years of experience in youth work, family and marriage support, missions, and urban ministry to his appointment.  He is a nationally certified teacher of journalism, and state certified in English, speech and oral presentation.

His activities include acting, singing and trolley operation at the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum, Washington.

 “South Side offers a great opportunity to serve families and those seeking a new way of life,” Anderson said. “Having lived here and in the Pittsburgh area all my life, I'm inviting people who want to serve in  a church family fellowship.  It would help if they have practical skills and can sing, but enthusiasm and love of South Side is a primary importance,” he said.

“I would like to see our little church offer opportunities for family units to come to together in wholesome activities and modified traditional worship.  By modified traditional, I mean that we don't have a large pipe organ and choir for historically traditional music. The worship format will, in the Wesley tradition, be Bible-centered; music instrumental, keyboard and vocal.  We have no choir, so I'm looking for musicians,” he said.

 ”We hope to offer services Sunday morning at 9 a.m. during the summer, (10 a.m. after Labor Day), and begin a Saturday 6 p.m. service for those who can't make it Sunday morning,” Anderson said.

“We hope to make a fresh beginning with a re-organized worship September 11 at 10 a.m.  A special tribute will be offered for those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 tragedy; and for all the military, police, fire and EMS people who daily risk their lives for the American values we prize,” Anderson said.

The new Walton church fellowship welcomes all to join them in worship beginning September 11 at 10 a.m. The church phone is 412-481-2470.


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