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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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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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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History: Board of Pensions – Supporting pastors for 300 years

Posted April 4, 2017

By Lea Sitton Stanley The Board of Pensions of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is celebrating 300 years of care for ministers and other church workers. It traces its roots to the Fund for Pious Uses, established by Presbyterians in Philadelphia in 1717. In the early 18th century, hundreds of Presbyterian Scots in Ulster, chafing under…

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