Bio: Theron Glenny
Theron Glenny is the head of the Cross-Town basketball league and the founder of the Tyrone Roller Hockey League. Theron went to Juniata Valley High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. After high school and a year and a half of working on a construction crew, he enrolled at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA (outside Harrisburg). He graduated in 2005 with a degree in Youth Ministry and in the same spring married his college sweetheart Mizpah Rodenberg (now Glenny!).
Theron and Mizpah live in Tyrone with their new son Elah Roar. Theron is a supervisor at MWV (MeadWestvaco) in Alexandria, PA and is also pursuing a master’s degree in business administration through Regent University.
He has three brothers, Nathan, Torey and Mikel. Nathan is in graduate school at Slippery Rock University. Torey is a junior at Waynesburg University where he plays football. Mikel, Mizpah’s brother, is a pitcher for High Point University in North Carolina. Theron and Mizpah have been blessed with great parents. They thoroughly enjoy each time they get to see each other.
He has many hobbies and interests...bow hunting, fishing, basketball, hockey, hiking, playing guitar, learning about leadership and coaching styles, how businesses function, business structure, innovation, and entrepreneurship. BUT, his favorite thing to do is hang out with Mizpah and Elah.
Quote from Theron:
"There is a specific reason why I'm in Tyrone. It was during a summer camp while I was in junior high when I first encountered God in a real way. I remember the Holy Spirit coming on me and all I could think about and feel was Christ's love. For the first time, I realized God was actually real, He loved me and created me for a purpose. I gave my life to Christ that evening.
Through high school I did not have a mentor to walk with me and teach me how to be a Christian. Maybe some people can identify where I was...I had a deep respect for God, yet was not pursuing Him and walking with Him. There really is a difference. My heart was not fully His and in turn I was empty inside. The biggest thing I can remember is that I did not have purpose in my life. I did not know what I wanted to do or even what I was supposed to do. I needed guidance and direction.
After high school I had a traumatic experience. I was in a bad car wreck and survived, yet in the same day, my best friend's younger brother (and fellow guard on our basketball team) died in a car wreck. It really shook me up and our entire community. Why did I survive and not he? I still don't know, but I do know that God loved my friend who died just as much as He loved me.
After that incident, I honestly took a look at how I was living my life. Where was I headed? Am I living right? In all truthfulness, and as basic as this sounds, I bought a Bible and rededicated my life to Jesus. I made a choice and commitment. My life has never been the same! In all seriousness, I felt whole, had new purpose, and saw life differently. Remember the difference I mentioned earlier? I didn't have purpose and direction in my life when I just respected God, but once I surrendered my heart to Jesus, I found life with purpose.
I got reconnected with Jim Kilmartin, whom I had met back in junior high when Jim was in high school. Jim was someone that I highly respected, and we shared a common interest: basketball. We started to meet often and I was overjoyed to have someone to mentor me and show me how to have a relationship with God.
After college, I knew I was to be connected with Jim because I not only believed in what he was doing in Tyrone, but I had a heart for Central PA. This region is beautiful and I love the people here! Mizpah and I moved here and we love it! My passion and hope is to be a mentor to those who need a role model and to help them live life with purpose. That is why I am in Tyrone doing the things I'm doing."