Our Story


Shepherd of the Valley Church (SOTV) was established in 1961. Pastor Sheila Palonen took over as Senior Leader in 2021.  The church's vision is “making fully committed followers of Jesus Christ.  SOTV church is to be a House of Prayer, Worship, Healing, and Direction. Shepherd of the Valley has a dedicated leadership team committed to the vision of the church. We are excited about all that God wants to do in the Shenango Valley and beyond.

Meet the Pastor!

Pastor Sheila.

A native of New England, Sheila became a permanent resident of PA with her husband and two daughters in 1990.  Becoming widowed in 1996, she pursued a career in social services for many years.  In between raising her two daughters, Sheila has provided foster care for many children especially teens until her employment with a Christian foster care agency.  During the past 15 years she has attended several colleges to gain her Bachelors in Biblical Theology and a Masters Degree in Practical Ministry.  Having been a licensed minister with IPHC since 2016, she has served in many capacities within the church as worship leader, Women's ministry coordinator and bible teacher. She currently resides in Mercer Pennsylvania.