Bauer to be installed as Pastor of Second Presbyterian

The Reverend Allison T. Bauer will be installed as the 22nd pastor of Second Presbyterian Church on 8th and Waller Streets in Portsmouth, May 22. The special installation worship service will begin at 6 p.m. in the church sanctuary following a dinner for all congregational members and guests in the social hall at 4:30 p.m.

Many out of town guests will attend including members of Bauer’s family, friends, honorary guests and participants from the Scioto Valley Presbytery. The Chancel Choir, Director of Music Dr. Stanley Workman, Jr. and the Noteworthy Brass Quintet, will provide special music for the service.

Participants in the installation service will include Rev. Dr. Jeri-Lynne Bouterse, Transitional Pastor, Circleville Presbyterian Church, Circleville; Rev. Brian Harroff, Pastor, Hanover Presbyterian Church, Newark; Rev. Dr. Jeannie Harsh, Executive Presbyter, Scioto Valley; Ms. Betty Kennedy, Elder, First Presbyterian Church, Portsmouth; Rev. Bruce Kreutzer, Pastor, First Presbyterian Church, Portsmouth; Ms. Carla Mavis, Elder, Circleville Presbyterian Church, Circleville; Dr. Michael Raies, Elder, Second Presbyterian Church, Portsmouth; Ms. Ginny Shanda, Elder, Presbytery Moderator, St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, Columbus; and

Rev. Maurice Smith, Chaplain, Bristol Village, Waverly.

May 22 is also Trinity Sunday and Youth Sunday when Second Presbyterian young people will take part in the regular worship service at 9:30 a.m. and Pastor Bauer will preach a sermon entitled “What the Trinity Is Not” based upon John 16: 12 – 15.

On Thursday, May 26, The Pittsburgh Theological Seminary will present a special award for Creative Ministry to Bauer. The award, presented in honor of Reverend Fred McNeely Rogers, recognizes someone who puts into action today the vision for the church of tomorrow. Creative ministry, according to the award principles, “Will be demonstrated by a ministry that is Spirit-led; innovative, fruitful and transformative in a way that brings glory to God and will discover a ministry where God is breathing new life into dry bones.”

Nominations for the award are made by alums, colleagues, faculty, or others who feel that someone is creative in his/her ministry and work for the Kingdom. After nominations are reviewed by the Nominating Committee of the Alumnae/i Council, the fifteen-member Council makes the final selection. The Fred McFeely Rogers Award for Creative Ministry is ultimately presented to the person who has modeled a Christ-like life in his/her service and love of God’s people.

Rogers was the creator and host of the popular educational preschool television series “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” from 1968 – 2001. Rogers was a graduate of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary and was ordained as a minister in the United Presbyterian Church USA.

In 2005, Bauer received her Master of Divinity degree from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary where she served as Senior Class Representative on the Board of Directors from 2001 – 2004 and President of the Alumni Council from 2012 – 2014.

Community residents can share in the ministry of Pastor Bauer by listening to the sermons she delivers each Sunday on her blog site at These sermons are made available as part of Second Presbyterian Church’s outreach to shut-ins, homebound members and to those out of town or who are unable to attend the Sunday morning worship service. Plans are also in the works for Reverend Bauer to appear regularly on Steve Hayes’ WNXT Radio “Get Up and Go Show” to talk about what is happening at Second Presbyterian Church and to comment generally on Portsmouth topics.

Additional information on Second Presbyterian Church programs and services may be obtained by telephoning the church office at 740-353-4159.

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