Monthly Archives: January 2017

Beaver-Butler

History: Beaver-Butler Presbytery – Grown out of four presbyteries and two denominations

Posted January 12, 2017

In1959, four presbyteries from two merged denominations met for the purpose of merger to be known as the Beaver-Butler Presbytery of the United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. And the rest is history.

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Donegal

History: Presbytery of Donegal – Boundary (and spelling) changes didn’t deter this presbytery

Posted January 12, 2017

at various times in the presbytery’s history, the Presbytery of Donegal completely ceased to exist as an entity. For a period of 63 years (from 1870-1932) the part of the present presbytery (covering Lancaster County), in addition to Lebanon County, was known as the Presbytery of Westminster.

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Huntingdon

History: Huntingdon Presbytery – Rural roots still shine today

Posted January 12, 2017

The heart of this presbytery has remained rural and small town. It remains generous and outward looking, maintaining overseas partnerships.

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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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