After weekly prayer for several months, our founders were led to establish a new church, temporarily called “New Church of Sewickley.” From the beginning, they were united in their belief that the primary role of the church was to share the saving Gospel with the world. Ten days later, 120 people gathered in the upper room at the Sewickley Country Inn for their first service on July 23, 1995.
The energy and dedication of those few were amazing to behold. In ten days, eager volunteers rose up to provide preaching, lay readers, music, service sheets, children’s Sunday School, a youth program, adult education, ushers, greeters, hostesses, chancel set up, and all of the other task s needed to change a motel ballroom into a church in two hours, then change it back again.
In September 1995, with the church barely six weeks old, a sales agreement was signed to purchase the 46-acre Grove Farm from the Verland Foundation. Later that month, a service was held in a tent overlooking the lake to give thanks to God for our blessings. At that service, the congregation voted to issue a call to John Guest to become our Rector.
On his return from a preaching mission in Ukraine, John accepted the call and agreed to become our Pastor. lt was an exciting time.
Since the Country Inn ballroom was not available on Christmas Eve, the church chartered the riverboat Majestic and held two Christmas Eve services on the Ohio River.
In June 1996, the congregation pledged $1.8 million for the construction of our new church home, and planning and construction began.
The Lord Jesus has blessed our beginnings with growth. As we continue to be faithful to His leading, the future holds even greater opportunities for our life together. God is good! All the time!