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New Senior Minister!

At long last it’s time for the Sciotoville Christian Church to introduce our new Senior Minister, Mr. Steve Falls. Steve will be preaching his first sermon as Senior Minister on this Sunday, but certainly not his first sermon ever at Sciotoville. Join us in welcoming Steve to the Sciotoville Christian Church.

Steve was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, and lived his first 18+ years just 1 ½ blocks up Bloom Street from the Sciotoville Christian Church building, where his mother still resides. Steve is a graduate of Ohio University, holding a Bachelor of Arts in Geography. He has been serving as Executive Director of KYOWVA Evangelistic Association in Ironton, Ohio, since October of 2014. Prior to that he was a Bereavement Coordinator with Heartland Hospice, Lucasville, Ohio. Prior to Heartland, Steve had worked for US Foodservice, Hurricane, WV, for 26 years as the Training Manager, District Sales Manager, and Territory Manager.

Steve began his Christian walk as he was baptized by Minister Ronnie Abshire at the Sand Hill Church of Christ at South Shore, KY, on May 4, 1983. He served in this congregation and at the First Christian Church in South Shore, and at Allen Chapel Church of Christ, Maloneton, KY, as Bible teacher, Youth Minister, Song Leader, etc. Steve was ordained as a Minister of Christ on November 10, 1996, by the elders at First Christian Church in South Shore. He became the Minister/Preacher/Teacher in September 1996, with the South Portsmouth Church of Christ, and served in this capacity for 18 years until accepting the call to become KYOWVA’s Executive Director. Steve began serving on the KYOWVA board in 2001.

Steve’s wife of 33 years (Sandy) is a Registered Nurse and serves with the “Collins Career Center” as Administrator of the “Practical and Registered Nursing

Church Profile

Profile of Sciotoville Christian Church

Portsmouth, Ohio

The Church:

Location:              Portsmouth, Ohio (southern Ohio), on the Ohio River

Address:               5540 3rd St., Sciotoville Ohio  45662


Service Times:      Sunday School 9:00, AM Service 10:00, PM Service 6:00

Brief History of the Church:  In 1849 a Restoration Evangelist held a meeting near the mouth of the Little Scioto River with a group of Christian people. In 1867 a church was organized with seventeen charter members and S.S. Doyle as the minister.  For fifteen years they met in an old barn on Marshall Street.  In 1880 they build a wooden church on the corner of Third and Bloom Streets.  The land was donated by Mrs. Jeff Davis and was dedicated in 1881, with T.P. Degman as the minister.

In the late 20’s, under the leadership of Charles Reinhardt, minister, the church grew and there was a need for a larger building. The wooden church was moved to the rear of the lot and the present building was built and dedicated in 1924.  In 1941 a fire caused considerable damage to the building.  While the building was being restored, mostly by the men of the church under the supervision of Elder Ed Spray, the congregation met at East High School.  In the late 40’s, a group of young married couples, led in a new spirit of Evangelism, formed Class 9, causing such a growth in attendance that the need for expansion led to the addition of the Education Wing.  The church continues in the same spirit and truth that led the founders to form the Sciotoville Christian Church in 1867.

The Church expanded its facilities in 2004 with the addition of a Family Life Center building with an eye towards moving facilities across Third Street from its present location.

Synopsis of Recent History:  Over the last ten years the church has struggled to consistently provide the level of preaching and pastoral care the congregation has come to expect.  Attendance has dropped sharply.  The leadership has committed to addressing the issues that inevitably arise in a congregation with such a long and proud history yet facing obvious change.

Current Staff Roles: 

Elder Brian Enz, preaching.

David Underwood, worship leader and K-6 children’s ministry.

Recent Ministers:

Josh Book 2011-2015

Jason Lykins 2007-2010

Arthur Marcum 1982-2006

Missions we support: Kentucky Christian University, Central College of the Bible, Osaka Ministries, KYOWVA, Mountain Mission, The Steven Hunter Hope Foundation, Brazil Boat Missions,  I.D,E,S,

Congregational Demographics:  The church has an older membership with a few young families.  There is a noticeable lack of members under the age of thirty.  Average attendance at this time is under 100.

Church Budget: The church is very financially secure and has an annual operating budget of approximately $160,000 with a sizable cash reserve and no debt.

Worship Style:  Blended music with more emphasis on traditional hymns using both stringed and keyboard instruments.  Emphasis is also placed on an expository style of preaching.


The Community:

Description of Sciotoville:  Include population of area, etc.

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Major Employers: Southern Ohio Medical Center, King’s Daughters Medical Center, Shawnee State University, Various skilled building trades,

Recreational Opportunities: Shawnee State Forest, Wayne National Forest, Ohio River,

Educational Opportunities:  Shawnee State University, Ohio University Southern Campus, several excellent local high schools.





Senior Minister Profile

Senior Minister Profile

Sciotoville Christian Church

Qualities desired in Candidates:

  • Spiritually: Candidates must be able to clearly articulate the basis for their spiritual beliefs, including their motivation for seeking to become an Evangelist.


  • Educationally: Candidates should be a graduate of a Restoration Movement Bible college, affiliated with the independent Christian Churches and instrumental Churches of Christ.  Candidates should hold the minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a concentrated area of ministerial responsibility (preaching, pastoral, or church administration), with preference given to those who have a Master’s degree in a related field of undergraduate studies.


  • Theologically: Candidates should hold to the following beliefs, as noted on our website:
  • We believe in one God, the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit. (John 10:30,John 14:16-20)
  • That Jesus Christ is the one and only Son of God, who died for our sins and arose from the dead. (I Corinthians 15:1-8)
  • That the Bible is the inspired word of God that was written down by many different men over a wide range of time. (II Timothy 3:16)
  • That all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23)
  • That forgiveness of sins and the promise of eternal life are available to those who accept Christ as their Savior. (John 3:16)
  • That those accepting Christ need to repent of their sins, confess their faith in Jesus, and be baptized (immersed) into Him. (Acts 2:38,Romans 6:3-410:9-10,Galatians 3:26-27)
  • That there is only one way to enter into Heaven, and that is through a personal relationship with God that is established through the work of Christ on the cross. (John 14:1-6)
  • That the Church is the family of God here on earth, and exists to share God’s love with the lost, and continue to mature the faith of those that are in a right relationship with God. (Ephesians 4:11-16)
  • That every member of this church has gifts given to them by God, so that they can use those gifts to help build up His Church on earth. (Romans 12:3-8I Peter 4:10-11)
  • We observe the Lord’s Supper each week in remembrance of His death, His resurrection, and His promised return.  (I Corinthians 11:23-32Acts 20:7)
  • Personally: The Senior Minister should be able to lead by example and have a personal background that commands respect as well as trust.  They should be able to conform to the same standard as spelled out in Titus 1:6-9

Anticipated Responsibilities: 

  • Preaching: Preach Sunday morning worship services weekly with time allotted for vacation and conferences.
  • Administration: Participate in meetings with Elders on a monthly basis.  Ensure that classes are provided to meet the needs of the congregation.  The Senior Minister will be expected to supervise staff members on a daily basis.
  • Pastoral: Visiting with members of the congregation in cooperation with the Elders is required.  The Senior Minister will be responsible for coordinating visitations.
  • Spiritual Formation: The Senior Minister is expected to show leadership in growing the spiritual foundation of the church.  This can include such things as individualized study, prayer, counseling, visitation, and encouraging discipleship with the congregation.
  • Church Growth: Encourage and develop outreach opportunities for both individuals and groups within the community.

 Provisions from the Church:

  • Salary commensurate with experience, part of which can be designated as a housing allowance. No parsonage is provided.
  • Vacation time of two weeks per year is included. Additional time off for professional development may be offered with approval of the Elders.

Process for Application:

  • Resumes can be submitted to the church via 1) regular mail at the following address: Sciotoville Christian Church, PO Box 4027, Sciotoville, OH 45662

Or, resumes can be sent via email to

  • Candidates must submit resumes with educational background, ministerial experience, a minimum of five references, and either an audio or video source of at least two sermons preached within the last six months. (You may provide a link to a website, if possible.)

 Process for Selection:

  • Resumes will be reviewed candidates will be notified as to their status.
  • After the Elders review the resumes, they will most likely select 2-3 candidates for personal interviews, either by phone, Skype, or in person.
  • When interviews of potential candidates are completed, one candidate will be selected for a more thorough interview process.
  • The candidate selected will be invited to be in the community and at the church for a weekend, a period of 2-3 days. The church will cover all expenses for travel, lodging, meals, etc.
  • During the candidate’s weekend visit, the congregation will vote on him for the position of Senior Minister. A majority vote will be required for approval.