Years ago the leaders of Monroeville Christian Church conceived the idea of starting a new church in the Murrysville - Export - Delmont area which would be faithful to the teachings of the New Testament. However serious planning didn’t begin until the Spring of 2004. During their 50th Anniversary celebration the plan for the new church was announced. Fifteen individuals from among the membership committed themselves to the new work. That summer several informational and planning meetings were held. At these meetings the tone for the new church was established and ideas for ministries and evangelism were developed.
The start date was set for early September. Several thousand dollars in seed money was raised for the new work. This money went toward advertising efforts, money to rent a meeting facility, and to pay the salary of the evangelist—Jason Carnley. Monroeville continued support through the first year in order to set the new church on a good footing. As the start date drew near it was decided the new church would meet at the Carmike Cinemas near Delmont.
We meet in the movie theater from September 2004 – March 2005. Finally, in April 2005 we moved into our current location in Export. We had a number of interesting events including a flood when a pipe burst. In spite of this we were able to make continual improvements on the facilities. Our nursery and toddler class soon began to overflow. By September 2005 we were able to rent part of the upstairs for classroom space. We added evening services and a midweek Bible study. God also blessed us with our first new members and in November and December of 2005 we had our first baptisms at the new church. By the end of the year our average attendance was double what it was when we began.
We are still a small congregation but we are working hard to reach the lost for Jesus. We want everyone to have the opportunity to obey the gospel based on the terms found in the New Testament. We pray that God will continue to help us and bless our efforts. In the next few years we should be able to purchase land and build near by, if the Lord wills. We endeavor to do all these things to bring glory to God and to add to His Kingdom.