The Book 1958 Online 2008 The Region Conservation
Penn's Woods West

Dr. John Warren Aupperle is the narrator for the audio and online version of the book Penn's Woods West which is presently being recorded. He has a personal connection to the book as he was the pastor for the church where photographer Thomas Jarrett attended during the 1970's. He often visited him in his later years during the time when Jarrett lost his sight.

Aupperle is a native western Pennsylvanian and an avid outdoorsman as well as a noted theologian and professor.

Dr. Aupperle was born in Pittsburgh where he graduated from Schenley High School. He completed an undergraduate degree in English and American Literature at Bethany College in 1961.

Following his career at Bethany College, Dr. Aupperle attended and finished his advanced degrees in theology and preaching at Drew University where he was a Tipple Scholar and received the John Heston Wiley Award for excellence in Preaching. His ministry began in New York City and has served pastorates across western Pennsylvania.

Dr. Aupperle served United Methodist Churches from 1962-2004. His pastorates included Mars, Coraopolis, First Church Pittsburgh and The First United Methodist Church of Greensburg.

In 2002 he retired as The Senior Pastor of The Baldwin Community United Methodist Church in the South Hills.

Dr. Aupperle has served as Chairman of The Board of Trustees of The Western Pennsylvania Conference as well as being a board member of Church Union. He was a co-founder and chairman of United Ministries in Higher Education for the state of Pennsylvania.

Jack Aupperle

He has served on numerous boards including The YMCA and The Salvation Army. Dr. Aupperle was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary International for his service in the community.

For twenty years Dr. Aupperle was the Host / Producer of “Faith in Today’s World,” a program which aired on WTAE-TV in Pittsburgh.

He is currently a member of the Advisory Board of The Sisters of St. Francis. As a member of the faculty of St. Vincent College, Dr. Aupperle lectures in the areas of Protestant History and Theology, Lincoln Studies, Buddhism as well as Religion in America. He is also an adjunct lecturer at Seton Hill University in the area of Ethics. He does book reviews in several locations across the Pittsburgh community.

He and his wife Barbara reside in Bethel Park and are members of The Mt. Lebanon United Methodist Church.

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