What a joy it is to introduce you to our church! You’ll discover that our passion is to provide a place where people just like you can have a life changing experience with God. At Mt. Pleasant Church of God, our doors are wide open to people from all backgrounds, regardless of where they are on their spiritual journey.

Together we’re striving to become the kind of church described in the Bible, where there’s relevant teaching, heartfelt worship, honest friendships, constant prayer, and compassionate care for those in need. In short, we would like to have the kind of contagious Christianity that can influence and encourage the entire community one life at a time.

Map & Directions

Church Address:
936 W. Main St.
Mt. Pleasant, PA

Our Church History...

The Mt. Pleasant Church of God had its beginnings in the post Civil War years. Jesse J. Fox purchased the tract of land that now serves as the site for the bethel. A log building was on the site, which was owned by the Presbyterian Church.

The following year a number of members from the Church of God at Stonerstown (now Alverton), who lived in the Mt. Pleasant area, began to meet at the property that Mr. Fox deed to the West Pennsylvania Eldership. The project was not well received by the brethren at Center Bethel since many felt that there was no need for a church in Mt. Pleasant.

The old log building was removed and in March of 1872 a framed building was dedicated for the work then known as the "Mission Chapel." The early success of the project was largely due to the persistence and the voluntary contributions of five men: Rev. Peter Loucks, David S. Fox, John S. Fox, Adam S. Fox, and Jesse J. Fox.

On March 27,1881 the Mission Chapel was totally destroyed by fire. The church was incorporated in 1881 and the current brick bethel was dedicated on May 1. 1892.

The details of church leaders' contributions are far too few. Among the 32 people who have served in roles of pastor or employed as assistants to the pastor, several pastors' names stand out in our history: S.G. Yahn, J.L. Updegraph, V.O. Bamhart, E.F. Show, L.G. White.

Rev. S.G. Yahn served two terms of service here: 1889-1890 and 1892-1909, the latter being by a few months the longest pastorate of our church. During Yahn's service the Church at Work newspaper was published, the local Christian Endeavor Society was established, 622 members were added, a parsonage was erected, what is thought to be the first Mother's Day observance in our community, and the work among the eastern European community was established. Rev. Yahn resigned to become the editor of the periodical called The Church Advocate.

One of the most significant stories of our history began in the revival of 1896 when a Slovakian coal miner by the name of John Luchansky was saved. Despite ridicule and some persecution, he continued to witness to co-workers and friends. His brother Jacob was called into the pastoral ministry three years later. For many years an "East End Mission" was operated in Mt. Pleasant (that building was sold in 1954). The long and the short of it is that these men led a very effective ministry among the Slovak people. This included establishing new churches in New Castle, Sharon, Cleveland, and eastern Europe!

As a result of these efforts in Europe, by 1937 there were 1,710 people in attendance in churches/stations established. As late as 1948 there were still 23 stations with 393 members in Slovakia, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and the former Yugoslavia. After World War II the iron curtain came down with great force. Congregations were forced to close or identify themselves as Orthodox, Roman Catholic or Baptist.

Rev. J.L. Updegraph also served as our pastor for two separate periods: 1909- 1917 and 1928-1934. Under Rev. Updegraph, 422 members were added and in 1914 the Sunday School addition was built. This building contained 13 classrooms and an auditorium. He resigned to become the field secretary of the Churches of God. After this eight year pastorate, he later returned to supply the unexpired term of Rev. Fulmer who had died during his eleventh year as pastor. There were another 151 accessions to the church during this second pastorate.

Another well-loved pastor was Updegraph's son-in-law. Rev. V.O. Barnhart. He served from 1934 to 1946. There were 251 new members during these years of depression and World War II. A new organ room was constructed and the remainder of the parsonage basement was excavated and a social room was constructed.

Rev. Earl Show was the first pastor to live in the most recent parsonage and served us 1965-1975. Many improvements were made to the buildings and grounds during his ten years as pastor. New members totaled 173. Perhaps most noteworthy is that all three Show sons became pastors and daughter Gayle continues to actively serve at Mt. Pleasant Church of God as pianist and in other positions of leadership. He served the church faithfullly until his untimely death.

Rev. Larry White followed Rev. Show and served from 1976 to 1992, just six months shy of our longest pastorate. There were 310 new members during these years. In 1986 the sanctuary was remodeled (including a reversal of direction) and the Sunday School addition was totally reconfigured to its present appearance. It was a vibrant time in the life of our congregation as many ministries were begun (some continuing to the present): Committed Few choral group, children's church. Good Friday Tenebrae service, AIM, drama ministry, library, handbell choir, AIM discipleship program, Barnabas Club, Young at Heart Club, Prayer Warriors, and prayer chain. Rev. White resigned to assume the pastorate of College First Church of God in Findlay, OH.

There has been a dramatic shift in our society and in our congregation over the past decade or so. Our mission is clear, our calling is sure, our hope is certain. Let us seek to see God at work and join with Him as He invites us to take part in accomplishing His purposes. We will be "writing" additional history every day, let it bring great glory to God!

Our Core Values...

The Churches of God, General Conference upholds the Bible as its “only and all sufficient rule of faith and practice.” Hence its doctrine and ministry is rooted directly in scripture. The following ten core values that shape and mold the life of the church grow directly out of this priority focus upon God’s Word.

• We VALUE obedience to Jesus Christ in all situations.

• We VALUE each individual as one who matters to God.

• We VALUE dependence on and confidence in God’s ability to do more than we ask or imagine; we are willing to take risks and expect God to surprise us.

• We VALUE Christ honoring, culturally relevant worship.

• We VALUE evangelistic outreach ministry to those who do not yet belong to Christ and the church.

• We VALUE each believer growing in Christ likeness and serving in ministry based on their spiritual gifts.

• We VALUE vital reproducing congregations.

• We VALUE trained, committed and competent leaders (pastors and lay persons).

• We VALUE Christian unity within a diverse body of faith.

• We VALUE accountability among believers and congregations.


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Cleansing the Temple
Weeping Over Jerusalem
Proclaiming His Coming Death
God's Ways
God's Comfort
God's Protection
God's Forgiveness
God Knows Us
The God We Worship
New Year's Eve 2017

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Finding God's Word
Christmas Eve 2017
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Luke 2:1-20, Shepherd's Story
"Un" Sermon Series
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(Un) Seen
(Un) Sung
(Un) Honored
(Un) Expected
Gifted Sermon Series
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Gifted as One Body
Gifted With Content
Gifted to Love
Wisdom Sermon Series
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Timely Wisdom
Follow The Path Of Wisdom
Healthy Wisdom
The Desire for Wisdom

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September 24, 2017
From Small Beginning
Sermon Series

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Esther the Queen
David the Seeker
Samson the Faithless
Deborah, the Unlikely Judge
Joshua the Commander
Caleb the Spy
Faith Sermon Series
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Pure and Undefiled Faith
Integrated Faith
Growing Faith
Easter Sermon Series
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He is Not There
The Promise of the Future
The Willingness to Die
Matthew 26:47-56
The Lonliness Of The Garden
The Cheers of the People
Ash Wednesday
Sin Sermon Series
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Why Sin Is Forgiven
Sins Of The Heart
The High Cost Of Sin
Sin in God's Shadow
Sin Spread throughout Humanity
Sin Entered the World

Getting Involved...

Mt. Pleasant Church of God has numerous small groups and activities that you can become involved in. Whether you are a five-year old child, a ninety-five year old grandmother, a busy mom, or a businessman with big responsibilities, we want you to be a part of our vibrant church community. Here is how you can learn, serve, and grow at our church. For more information contact the church office at 724-547-7110.

There are Sunday school classes for preschool children to the older saints that meet every Sunday morning at 9 am. The children and High school classes downstairs in the church building. There are 5 more adult classes that meet in the Christian Ministries Center.

Junior Church meets during the 10:15 AM service and is for children from age 4 through fourth grade. If you have children in this age range, please encourage them to attend. The children are in the sanctuary at the 10:15 am worship service with their families and then are dismissed for Junior Church on the second floor of the church building. (Room #
The focus of Junior Church is introducing kids to who God is, and worshipping God through a variety of activities: Bible study, fun activities, prayer, songs and games. Each Sunday of the month will focus on a different theme.

The nursery is downstairs (Room #9) for the convenience of worshippers for newborns to 3 years of age is held during the 8:00 am and 10:15 am Worship Services. We seek to provide a safe, Christian atmosphere for the youngest members of our church family. We hope that our loving care for your child will allow you to participate in the multitude of opportunities available here. Nursery Ministries provides special care to infants and toddlers that contributes to their well-being that compliments and strengthens the Christian nurture the child experiences at home.

This groups is for Jr. and Sr. High students. They meet on Wednesdays at 6:00 pm in room # 1 in the Christian Ministries Center. They compete in quiz meets with other churches in the Allegheny Region Conference.

This is a children’s ministry program for ages two to sixth grade, that meets on Wednesday evenings from 6:30- 8:00pm. It includes a Bible story, music, crafts, snacks, and games all driving the weekly Bible point home. And through it all, children discover they have a real friend in Jesus. Last Session will be May 31 and will resume in September.

This group, designed for Jr. and Sr. High youth in grades 7-12 meets on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:00pm in the Youth Center. Each week includes ping-pong, pool, air hockey, worship and discussion on a relevant topic.


One of the most important values of Mt. Pleasant Church of God is our desire to serve our community. There are many different ways that you can become involved in serving the Mt. Pleasant community and surrounding area through the ministries of our church.

The Mt Pleasant Church of God Food Pantry is sponsored by the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Our pantry is open every last Tuesday of the month. Our doors open at 9 am and we serve the last client around 10:30 am. We serve approximately 240 boxes of food per month. We also serve our local senior high-rises. We run with a group of 50-60 volunteers a month.

This ministry began in January 2012. The Clothes Closet is in the basement of 932 West Main Street. You can help by giving of your time to sort donations, helping talk to the people, or by donating your gently used clothing. Clothes can be dropped off at the Christian Ministries Center building anytime between 9 am and 3 pm Mon-Fri. We also accept silverware, plates, dishes, pots and pans, towels, blankets, sheets and curtains will be given away. We are open during the food pantry, the last Tuesday of each month. We give each family a Bible and pray with them.

*please contact the church office with any questions*


Contact Us

Map & Directions

Church Address:
936 W. Main St.
Mt. Pleasant, PA


Office Hours: Monday-Friday from 9am to 3pm.

Telephone & Fax:
Tel: (724) 547-7110
Fax: (724) 547-9321

Email: mpcog@zoominternet.net

Pastor Bob
724-542-4307 - Home
717 525-2223 - Cell
Pastor Glenn:
Director of Music
Merle Stuzman, 724-593-2176
Council President & Elder
Larry Rath

Allegheny Region Conference
P.O. Box 756
Latrobe, PA 15650
724-832-3746 / Fax: 724-832-3748
Website: www.alleghenycggc.org

Churches of God
General Conference

700 E Melrose Avenue,
PO Box 926,
Findlay, OH 45839
419-424-1961 / 419-424-3433
Website: www.cggc.org