Who We Are

History of First Christian Church

First Christian Church is a body of believers called to continue the work of Jesus. It is our desire to know Jesus and help others to be reconciled back to God through Jesus. First Christian Church was organized March 18, 1904 in the building formerly used by Central Presbyterian, and which was purchased from them for $4,000, including the organ. Discouragement was so great in 1913 that there was talk of disbanding. However, new life appeared and the work began to grow. In 1927, the congregation became independent with no ties to any denominational organization.In 1945, a committee was formed to raise $50,000 for the 50th Anniversary in 1954. In 1959, property was purchased for a new building site.In 1960, a bond program was inaugurated that raised $100,000 for the new building. In 1961 ground was broken and the finished building was dedicated August 11, 1963 with 527 present. The addition toward the parking lot, named Shafer Hall, was completed in January of 1967.In 1979, work was begun on a new fellowship and classroom building that in 1983 was dedicated as Heritage Hall.Many capital improvements were made in 1994, including re-paving the parking lot and new carpet for the sanctuary, Heritage Hall, and most of the parsonage.In July of 2004, First Christian Church celebrated their centennial with a picnic at the Crawford County fair grounds and a celebration service held at Shafer Auditorium at Allegheny College.Many young people and adults have gone into specialized Christian work through the years. The success in Meadville has been the blessing and the power of God to whom we give all of the glory.

How we are different from other congregations.

We are passionate about preparing people to impact the world for Jesus. We believe you can make a difference. That is why we want to help you fulfill your potential as a follower of Jesus. Church is not an event you attend. It is a group of people who have a restored relationship with God and long to share that redemption with others. We are intentional about developing people. We are not looking for members, contributors or attenders. We are looking for people who believe and are willing to risk all for the sake of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We want your entire experience with First Christian Church to lead up to the realization of what God wants you to do. When that happens, we want you to be prepared. We want you to have the spiritual maturity and the support system to be bold enough to follow Jesus.


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First Christian Church

Sunday Worship at 8:30, 9:45, 11:00 am
Bible Study for all ages at various times.
503 North Main Street Extension  Meadville, Pennsylvania 16335