Brief History of Harvest Assembly of God
Harvest Assembly of God originated August 22, 1974, when the William Keys family of Steiner Bridge Road, near cooperstown, opened its home for bible study.Twelve members attended in addition to
Pastor Frank Leone.
The first Sunday service took place September 29, 1974, in the Middlesex Fire Hall. As a home missions assignment through the Assemblies of God, the Rev. Harry Elder was the pastor called in November, 1975. In March of that year, a 2-acre parcel of the land on Brownsdale Road in Penn Township was donated to the church, and in August, 1975, the first building at the present site was dedicated. The first phase sanctuary seated approximately 100 people.
Ground-breaking Phase 2 took place on February 27, 1978. Along with a new sanctuary seating 220, the church included a large fellowship hall, kitchen and nursery facilities.
Pastor Edler served as contractor, and much of the labor was volunteered by members of the congregation. The addition was dedicated July 29, 1979.
This home missions work of the Assemblies of God Received the Rev. George E. Bender in January, 1985. Prior to his appointment at Harvest, Mr. Bender had founded the Cranberry Assembly of God and had served as interim pastor at First Assembly of God in New Castle,PA. Today, there is an active ministry touching the lives of people of all ages for Jesus Christ.
-Excerpted from Penn Panorama
The First 200 Years