Our History

Central Assembly of God Church goes back to 1939 when a small group of people, under the leadership of James Wardrop, met in the Christian Church of North America. He organized the first Sunday School of the church. Evening services and cottage prayer meetings were held. Later the congregation met in the Junior O.U.A.M. Hall, Pike Street, Canonsburg PA, for a brief period of four months. The church then moved to 132 North Jefferson Avenue, Canonsburg.

In 1942 Robert H. Shipp assumed the pastorate bringing an aggressive leadership style to which the church responded. He reorganized the Sunday School in 1944. He held many revival Crusades and all-day fellowship meetings of the section. In 1946 Christ's Ambassadors (Youth Group) was organized. The Christ's Ambassadors held socials, outdoor baptism services, street meetings and exchange youth fellowship services. During this time, the church organized a Fisherman's Club for the purpose of distributing evangelistic literature, supporting missionaries, building a church library and initiating a building fund.

In 1952 a home and a building were purchased at 316 S. Central Avenue, Canonsburg. The building was remodeled and became Glad Tidings Tabernacle where the assembly worshiped for twelve years. Robert Shipp remained the pastor of the church until 1961 when he accepted the pastorate at Windsor PA.

In 1981, the vision of the church expanded in the area of Christian education. Under the direction of Rick Volpe, an associate pastor, Central Christian Academy was born. A two-floor school/church educational complex, complete with gymnasium and kitchen, was built in 1980. Today the school operates at full capacity (approx. 200 students) and offers a kindergarten through 8th grade Christian education as well as maintaining Central Storybook Village Preschool and Day Care. Mr. Don O'Hare was our school administrator from 1984 - 2003. In 2001 Central Christian Academy celebrated 20 years of educational excellence! Rev. Stephen Getchell served as our school administrator from July, 2003 until December, 2004 when he was chosen to assume the duties of the Senior Pastorate. Mr. Don O'Hare agreed to serve as the interim school administrator.

The need to expand the church facility has been a crucial issue for the past several years. An intense search for property has been ongoing during this period. In September 1999 the church purchased 109 acres of ground located on Rt. 519 in Houston, PA. Our long term plan is to relocate our campus to this site. For now, we are have updated our current campus with some new construction and remodeling, which was completed in February of 2004. We stand confident upon the promise of Christ who said, "I will build my church ..." (Matthew 16:18).

Without question, God has placed His Divine hand upon Central Assembly of God Church to make her a key instrument in Washington County and the surrounding areas for reaching the lost and building believers into the image of Christ. We have entered the 21st century with great faith and expectancy as we are led by the Holy Spirit to expand our horizons and accomplish the vision God has placed upon the heart of our pastor and leaders. To God be all the glory!