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Manchester RPC

23. January 2017

Columns, Congregation of the Month,

  —Bekah Scavo

Location: New Kensington, Pa.

Presbytery: Alleghenies

Organization: 1870

Membership: 48 communicant; 8 baptized

Pastor: Vince Scavo


Hidden in the hills of Upper Burrell, near New Kensington, Pa., sits the Manchester Reformed Presbyter­ian Church building. You may be surprised to read about a congregation called Manchester that is located in western Pennsylvania. You may be even more surprised to find out that we are one of the older congregations in the RPCNA.

Manchester originated as a society in 1795 and was established in 1870 as a yoked congregation, with another worship site in nearby Parnassus. The congregation eventually consolidated to the Parnassus site, although the Manchester land was kept. Many decades later, the Parnassus site was closed in 1961 and the congregation relocated to a new building on the old Manchester land. In 1969 a new sanctuary was added, giving the congregation plenty of space to worship and fellowship. Despite being out of the way and little known, our church family has members from all over the surrounding area, from as close as Lower Burrell to as far as Butler and Ligonier, Pa.—each an hour away.

An average of 50 people gather to worship every Lord’s Day morning and listen to Pastor Vince Scavo preach, currently through the book of ...

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