Pastor of Bedford Presbyterian Church retires after forty years of Ministry

Rev. John Salley

A 1983 graduate of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Chicago, Illinois, Rev. John Salley began ministry as the Associate Pastor of Rehoboth Presbyterian Church in Atlanta, Georgia. In 1986, he was asked to join the faculty of Oak Hills Christian College in Bemidji, Minnesota, where he served for a decade as a librarian and instructor in evangelism and discipleship. While in Minnesota he also served as interim pastor for the First United Church of Coleraine and Bovey and provided pulpit supply to area churches. In 1997, Rev. Salley returned to full-time pastoral work at Center Presbyterian Church in Midway, Pennsylvania. Then in 2007 he relocated — for the last time — to become the pastor of Bedford Presbyterian Church where he has served for the previous sixteen years.

After retirement, Rev. Salley plans on remaining in the area where he is looking forward to volunteering with some of Bedford’s local ministries along with once again serving as Sunday pulpit supply for the many area churches lacking a regular pastor. On June 4th the church will hold a potluck luncheon following a special service for Rev. Salley’s last Sunday in their pulpit.