Monthly Archives: January 2017

Lake Erie

History: Presbytery of Lake Erie – 200 years of disunity and unity

Posted January 12, 2017

The earliest Presbyterian churches in Lake Erie were founded about 1800, but unfortunately none have proof of an exact date: Meadville claims 1800, Middlebrook 1799.

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Lehigh

History: Lehigh Presbytery – Immigrant groups found new home in Lehigh

Posted January 18, 2017

Eight different presbyteries were involved in sending missionaries, pastors and Sunday school teachers into the region now served by Lehigh Presbytery.

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Northumberland

History: Presbytery of Northumberland – A long history of ethnic diversity

Posted January 12, 2017

The first church established by the new Presbytery of Northumberland was Milton, established in November of 1811.

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Philly

History: Presbytery of Philadelphia – The first presbytery of the United States

Posted January 12, 2017

Created in 1706, the Presbytery of Philadelphia was the first one in the country. It eventually evolved into the Synod of Philadelphia in 1717.

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Philly

History: Presbytery of Philadelphia – Jedediah Andrews, Philly’s first Presbyterian pastor

Posted January 12, 2017

Jedediah Andrews came to Philadelphia in 1698 “to make Presbyterians.”

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Pittsburgh

History: Pittsburgh Presbytery – Enduring changes for centuries

Posted January 26, 2017

In 1781, the Synod of New York and Philadelphia approved the creation of the first presbytery west of the Allegheny Mountains. That area, which had previously been under the jurisdiction of the Presbytery of Donegal, was called the Presbytery of Redstone and it stretched as far west as “the setting sun.” This area would eventually…

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Redstone

History: Presbytery of Redstone – Paving the way to the “west”

Posted January 26, 2017

The Presbytery of Redstone was organized on Sept. 19, 1781 by the Synod of New York and Philadelphia. While the current territory of the presbytery consists of four counties in the southwestern corner of Pennsylvania, the original landscape stretched from the Allegheny Mountains to the east, as far north as Lake Erie, to the south…

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Presbytery histories help explain how Synod was shaped

Posted January 13, 2017

In honor of the Synod of the Trinity’s 300th birthday celebration, we asked people from around our region to research the histories of their presbyteries and the unique places and people that have come from there.

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Shenango

History: Presbytery of Shenango – Missional focus continues to define presbytery

Posted January 12, 2017

Congregations are encouraged to participate in international partnerships in the Sudan/South Sudan, Egypt and the Dominican Republic. The Presbytery of Shenango is known for its relational culture, international commitments and missional focus.

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Upper Ohio Valley

History: Upper Ohio Valley Presbytery – Surviving through war, Indians and change

Posted January 12, 2017

The civil war touched the presbytery when confederate General John Morgan led his raiders across Ohio (the northernmost advance of the Confederacy) and directly across the presbytery. He surrendered almost on the steps of the Weaver Beaver United Presbyterian church, which was until it closed recently the northern most church in the Presbytery.

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