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educator , Minister

Ellen Hall Acton, American minister, educator. Ordained minister of word & sacrament Presbyterian Church (United States of America); certified teacher New Jersey, Ohio. Named a Woman of Faith, Muskingum Valley Presbytery, 1999.


Acton, Ellen Hall was born on November 17, 1946 in Cincinnati. Daughter of Charles Thomas and Mary Hall Pearson.


Bachelor of Music, University Cincinnati, 1968. Master of Music, University Cincinnati, 1974. Master of Divinity, Princeton Theological Seminary, New Jersey, 1987.

Doctor in Ministry, San Francisco Theological Seminary, 1997.


Elementary teacher Birmingham (Alabama) Public Schools, 1968—1969. Professional musician Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, 1968—1970. Instrumental music teacher Cincinnati Public Schools, 1978—1984.

Pastor Bethany Presbyterian Church, Alliance, 1987—1998. Associate pastor 1st United Presbyterian Church, 1998—2001. Pastor Southfield (Michigan) Presbyterian Church, since 2001.

Chairperson Self-Development of People Committee, New Philadelphia, Ohio, 1992—1998. Commissioner General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (United States of America), Albuquerque, 1996. Area chairperson Committee on Ministry, Muskingum Valley Presbytery, New Philadelphia, 1999—2001.

Adjunct professor Mount Union College, Alliance, 1998—2000.


  • Ordained minister of word & sacrament Presbyterian Church (United States of America). Certified teacher New Jersey, Ohio.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor 8 Sophia Sermons.


Facilitator, organizer SWAN, Alliance, 1998—2001. Member, volunteer Alliance Area Domestic Violence Shelter. Member of Voices of Sophia, South Oakland National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Leadership Oakland Alumni.


  • Other Interests

    Reading, travel, walking, movies, meditation.


Married John Raymond Acton, March 29, 1970 (divorced February 10, 1978). 1 child Ida Denise.

Charles Thomas

Mary Hall Pearson

John Raymond Acton

Ida Denise Acton