In 1847, at a cost of $700, the members built a
school. In 1850, the church received an academy charter, and the school
became known as the North Sewickley Academy. The addition of a large house
on the property allowed for students to board while attending the academy and
provided a home for the pastor. After the Civil War, the house also
provided a home for war orphans while they attended school. The school
closed in 1873 and in 1916 the building was razed to allow for the construction
of a manse.
Over the next 64 years, the congregation was able to make
many improvements, including stained glass windows, a new pulpit, a vestibule,
a new roof, a new metal ceiling, a new floor and carpeting, and a new entrance.
By constructing a basement under the rear of the original church in 1934, the
members acquired a furnace, a kitchen and Sunday School rooms. In 1937,
the members erected a belfry for ringing of a bell that announced the beginning
of worship time. The original bell now stands on the lawn adjacent to the
By 1959, the facilities of the original building were no
longer adequate. A pledge drive in March of 1960 yielded a commitment
from the members of $33,000. The current property of 8.33 acres was
purchased and on August 8, 1960 a congregational meeting resulted in a decision
to construct a new church at an estimated cost of $105,000. The building
was completed in 1963 and was dedicated on March 14th of that year.
By November 30, 1974, the mortgage had been paid in full.
In August 1977, North Sewickley Presbyterian broke ground and completed the construction of a manse on the church property.
The members of the North Sewickley Presbyterian Church currently worship in the
second church built by its members. If you proceed down Chapel Drive, you
will see a cemetery on the right. The original church building was
located on the grounds of the cemetery.
Members of the North Sewickley
Presbyterian Church have been served by many pastors over the years. In
the Calvin Room of the educational wing, you will find portraits of many of
those spiritual leaders who gave comfort, guidance, and direction.
North Sewickley Presbyterian Church
members are proud of their heritage and thankful to that small group worshiping
under an oak tree and to God for bringing their vision to fruition.