In February 1970, Mrs. Dora Hillman, the widow of the industrial tycoon J. Hartwell Hillman, came to visit R.C. and Vesta Sproul in Cincinnati, Ohio. Mrs. Hillman was excited about R.C.’s teaching, with which she became acquainted through R.C.’s ministry as the associate pastor of teaching and evangelism at College Hill Presbyterian Church in Cincinnati. Mrs. Hillman, along with the heads of several different Christian ministries in the area of Pittsburgh, Penn., wanted to open a study and conference center featuring R.C. as its teaching theologian, and she offered fifty-two acres of property for such a center near Stahlstown, Penn., an hour east of Pittsburgh. R.C. was to train Christian leaders serving in organizations dedicated to reaching Pittsburgh for Christ. Thus, the Ligonier Valley Study Center was born.