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01. July 2013

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Tusca Area RPC

Location: Beaver, Pa.

Membership: 37 communicant, 16 baptized

Organized: 1965

Pastor: Dr. Jonathan Watt

Tusca Area RP Church is an oddball. There’s no denying that. Upon his first viewing of a congregational meeting, now-pastor Jonathan Watt said it “reminded him of a Saturday Night Live sketch.” Meeting in a small white church, set in a green hollow deep in the rolling hills of western Pennsylvania (only a handful of miles from Ohio), it is easily overlooked by transitioning students and churchgoers.

Tusca Church, initially named Four Mile Reformed Presbyterian Church, was formed in 1965, meeting in the fire hall in nearby Vanport. A local Associate Presbyterian Church joined the congregation in 1970. They donated their decrepit building, which stood at the corner of Darlington and Church Roads, just off Tuscarawas Road, outside of the town of Beaver. The building was badly in need of repair and the combined congregations, with help from members of other churches, rose to the task of salvaging the structure. Plumbing, electrical, carpentry, and plastering work were all completed by members as a gift to the congregation. When you enter the building, you will still see not only the woodwork and plasterwork, but also the actual congregants who worked on them and still worship here.

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