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A Place for Perseverance

01. July 2011

Columns, Congregation of the Month,


Hazleton Area RPC

Location: Hazleton, Pa.

Organized: Apr. 1, 1995

Pastor: Paul Brace

Membership: 28 communicant; 13 baptized

Presbytery: Atlantic


In 1978, while attending Covenant Chapel under the ministry of Leverne Rosenberger, Tony Olivieri became interested in Reformed Presbyterian theology. Over six years of study and conviction, he came to understand the wisdom of exclusive psalm singing. When Pastor Rosenberger moved on, Tony and his family moved back to Grace Fellowship Church (under the ministry of Tedd Tripp) in West Hazleton, Pa. During a decade of worship at Grace Fellowship, Tony kept in touch with Rev. Rosenberger and grew stronger in his commitment to Reformed Presbyterian doctrine.

Around this time Jonathan Leach accepted a position as chaplain at the White Haven Center near Hazleton and moved to the area. Rev. Rosenberger strongly suggested that Jonathan meet with Tony. At the same time Dr. Norman Carson also advised that Tony contact Jonathan.

Jonathan Leach said, “My dissatisfaction with available houses of worship, Mr. Rosenberger’s insistence that I contact Tony Olivieri, Tony’s yearning for spiritual worship, and my instant liking for this Christian man: All these conspired to ...

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