It was Easter Sunday morning in 1969, when a group of people gathered in the home of Mary Kidder to hold a sunrise service and morning worship service.

Hartsel Douglas, Harold Sharp, Arthur Cope, and Donald Thomas traveled to Salem, Ohio, to ask Rev. Robb French how to start a church. His advice was to return to their homes and pray about what direction God was giving them.

Donald Thomas heard about Rev. William Owen being the District Superintendent for the Wesleyan Holiness Association, and contacts were made. Rev. Owen held a meeting on April 29, 1969; the congregation joined the Association.

Until a pastor could be supplied, and a building secured, the group continued to meet in the Kidder home. Some who ministered at this time were: Charles Rowe, the Irvin Van New Kirks, William Cope, Steve Sloan and Arthur Cope.

In July of 1969, Rev. Victor Gibson was called to be the first pastor. The congregation relocated to a building on South Market Street. They were looking for a place to buy. Eventually, a house was found and purchased on Black’s Road in the spring of 1970. A room was built at the back of the house for use as the church.

The following ministers have served as pastor: Keith Gibson, Willard A. Wolfe, William Owen, Wayne Sowers, and John Brown.

During Rev. Owen’s ministry, the membership decided to accept the offer to buy a church on Brookfield Avenue, and a parsonage at 246 West Pine Street. The building on Black’s Road was sold.

Rev. Thomas Jones is the current pastor. He began his duties in August of 1984. In July 1988, a school building was erected. The fall term began with twenty-five students enrolled. There are currently twenty-eight pupils attending. The Lord has really helped. The school appreciates the donation from the estate of Rudy Salman, which helped make the building a reality.

Two men from the local congregation have found places of usefulness in the Lord’s work. Rev. Paul Duncan is currently the pastor of a sister church in Everett, Pa. Rev. Robert McLean is a licensed minister with the Association and is presently holding the office of Youth President for the Northeastern District.

Agnes Duncan has faithfully labored as a cook for the annual conferences and camp meetings held at the Sebring, Ohio, site

. The church missionary group, for several years, made stuffed animals and dolls for missionary families. They have made aprons for missionary and camp kitchen use. Also, nursing home residents have received bibs and lap robes from this group. Missionary box work has been done as well.

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