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Our History

Anglicans were among the early British settlers in our area. Our St. John’s history began in 1826,

when the Diocese of Pittsburgh issued a charter, officially authorizing the start of construction of a

new church building on the very site where St. John’s Episcopal Church now stands. Then as now,

a dedicated group of faithful disciples rolled up their sleeves and began the work that God called

them to do, Preparing the Way for God’s people in the region. Unfortunately, funds ran out and the

unfinished building was leased to a Cumberland Presbyterian group, who were likewise, unsuccessful

in their efforts to complete the structure. The building was dismantled.

Over the next four decades, the region saw significant growth in population and prosperity,

largely the result of the development and success of the oil and gas industries. St. John’s membership

boomed as well, and in 1866, a large new church was constructed, Preparing the Way for a growing

congregation and the community God was serving through St. John’s parish. In 1898, the adjoining

parish hall was completed.

On February 24, 1900, St. John’s Church was radically changed when men working on the organ

left a candle burning in the bellows room when they went to lunch. The bellows caught fire and the

fire quickly spread, demolishing all but the bell tower and the lower exterior walls of the church

proper.

On the Sunday of the Resurrection, 1901, the first Mass in the new church building was held.

Construction was completed by early summer at a cost of $39,000. On December 27, 1904, during

the celebration of the Feast of St. John the Evangelist, the mortgage was burned and St. John’s was

consecrated. In 1905, the installation of a complete set of Tiffany windows began. Over the course of

the next twelve years, St. John’s Church became home to a complete set of Tiffany windows, placing

us in a select group of churches in the United States blessed with such beautiful and amazing works

of art. The Tiffany Window Collection at St. John’s is truly a gift to enjoy and share with all who enter

God’s House.

In 1986, fire threatened our church home once again, when Christ United Methodist Church

burned next door. The heat from the fire was so intense, the Tiffany windows on that side of the

building were reportedly moving. A window restoration project followed, designed to preserve the

collection for decades to come.

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