Founded in 1995, the first Christ Church service was held in the ballroom of the Sewickley Country Inn on July 23 of that year, with 200 founding members in attendance. Most of the founders came from St. Stephens Episcopal Church in Sewickley and worshiped as part of the Anglican Communion in theology and worship style, although not in agreement with the direction being taken by the Episcopal Church of the USA. The Episcopal Bishop of Pittsburgh provided Rev. Cal Gardner as an interim pastor until Christ Church – at that time called the New Church of Sewickley - was able to call its own pastor.
In October 1995, Christ Church called Rev. Dr. John Guest to be Rector and Senior Pastor. An Anglican Priest originally from the UK who had at one time been the Rector of St. Stephens, Dr. Guest had stepped down from parish ministry in 1987 in order to concentrate on national and international evangelism. When he agreed to take the position at Christ Church, the founders felt they were welcoming back an old friend. Also in October, the church agreed to purchase property at Grove Farm, hence the name Christ Church at Grove Farm (CCGF). The 46-acre site included a two-acre lake, a farmhouse, barn, and several other buildings.
By June 1996, the church had raised $1.9 million in gifts and pledges, and began construction of the original sanctuary, dedicated in July 1997. CCGF now had a permanent place to worship and could operate seven days a week. Additional staff members were hired and attendance more than doubled. Since that time, the church has continued to grow in membership, ministry, and buildings.
Due to this growth, a new, larger sanctuary building was added to the existing building. It was dedicated on April 30, 2006. Then in April of 2009, the original Sanctuary was reopened for the start of a third worship service that has a more modern, rock-driven, multimedia-heavy feel. Aptly named "Third Service," that service grew quickly and added an additional time slot on Sundays. On July 23, 2010, CCGF celebrated its 15th anniversary, and this year we celebrate 20 years! We look forward to all that God still has for us and his kingdom!