Champion Presbyterian Church
celebrates 175 years



                         
                                                                                                                                 (not pictured, Will Ray)

      On May 12th, 2015 following a series of great Anniversary Celebration events,  this group of longtime members of Champion Presbyterian Church gathered in the church parlor for a session of remembering and relating.  The time of membership for the group averaged 55 years.  Joyful conversation continued for about an hour and a half.  Cameras were running to capture this wonderful reminiscing occasion.  A 30-minute video program - "A Time For Remembering" is available on DVD so that the re-telling of this group's CPC experiences can now be shared by all.  In addition,  there is historical information, pictures and videos of some past staff members, as well as photos of  current ministry and outreach programs.  To inquire about the purchase of a DVD  ($5.00), contact the church office or email your request to  nujayhawk@neo.rr.com 

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April 26th was a special worship service at Champion Presbyterian Church.  
The occasion commemorated the 175th Anniversary of the church's becoming chartered.  Among those present in the sanctuary was Jenny McCombs, a many-great granddaughter of the Rev. William McCombs - who served the church as its very first pastor from 1839 to 1848.  Delivering the Anniversary Message during worship was Rev. Robert Kantner, Jr. whose father was pastor of the church from 1976 until 1988.  Also participating in the service were Rev. Paul Gaug, former pastor (1991-2007) and Rev. Marty Sweeney who led the Childrens' Message and related what it was like growing up as a child in the church.
 

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In The Beginning . . . .



 

      The William Rutan family were the first permanent settlers in Champion - coming from Pennsylvania in 1806; living along the banks of the Mahoning River.  Some twenty years later there were about four families living in Champion Township.  They were the Rutans, the Donaldsons, the Woodrows, and the Chambers.  Two years later, the Pierce family arrive from Armstrong County Pennsylvania.  From there, the township started to grow in population.

      Recognizing the need for a church, the residents of Champion Township applied to the Beaver Presbytery for the maintenance of their connection with the church of their choice ....... and so, it began.

      In 1838, William Rutan was sent to the Presbytery in Slippery Rock to present our case and to obtain advice.  The Presbytery appointed Rev. William O. Stratton to preach and to ascertain the views of the people as to their situation.  It wasn't until 1839 when William Woodrow presented the petition for organization and thus, our humble beginning.

      In 1842, on land donated by the Rutan family (still the present site), the small congregation erected the first wooden structure set on stones.  There were two side doors and a pulpit in the front.  

      In 1901 or 1902, the original building was raised up and new stone walls were built underneath the structure.  The basement was added in 1924.  Down through the years, keeping abreast with both community and church membership growth, there were many addition to the facility.  People came and went during these times.  The church membership grew to its peak of 1466 in 1968.  

(Editor's Note:  Our thanks to Jim Bragger and to Marilyn Emery for compiling this article and the staff directory below.  A more comprehensive report which chronicles more historic events of Champion Presbyterian Church dating back to 1826  will be made available.  Viewers may obtain copies of this booklet (including multiple picture-pages) through the church office beginning in late October in connection with other 175th Anniversary Events.)

 

CHURCH STAFF
"THRU THE YEARS"

PASTORS

ASSOCIATE  PASTORS

1839 - 1848
1851 - 1852
1853 - 1862
1862 - 1866
1868 - 1870
1870 - 1879
1879 - 1888
1890 - 1892
1894 - 1915
1915 - 1916
1924 - 1925
1926 - 1928
1929 - 1930
1934 - 1942
1943 - 1952
1953 - 1975

1975 - 1976
1976 - 1988

1988 - 1989
1989 - 1991
1991 - 1991
1991 - 2007

2008 - 2009
2009-Present

Rev. William McCombs
Rev. Joseph S. Dickey
Various Moderators
Rev. Benjamin Walker
Rev. Hiram Bingham
Rev. M. P. Bailey
Rev. John Graham
Rev. William Shultz
Rev. Robert Stranahan
Rev. Edgar Green
Rev. J. C. Wright
Rev. W. A. Reed
Rev. C. K. France
Rev. George E. Brown
Rev. Ralph H. Johnson
Rev. Charles A. McCrae

Rev. Charles Fulcomer #
Rev. Dr. Robert O. Kantner

Rev. Wilson F. Wood   #
Rev. Marcus C. Grodi
Rev. Wilson F. Wood   #
Rev. Paul Gaug
 
Rev. Richard Ferris   #
Rev. Marvin Barney

 















1961 - 1963
 1964 - 1966
1975 - 1976
1977 - 1983
1984 - 1986

 

1997 - 2001
 2002 - 2003

 














 

Rev. Raymond Eichler
Rev. Stanley  Green
Rev. Pamela Martin Flower
Rev. G. Robert Wirth
Rev. Stephen H. Young



Rev. Dr. Raymond I. Hylton
Rev. Patrick H. McElroy

 

# indicates Interim


Secretaries

Treasurers

1954 - 1956
1956 - 1957
1957 - 1968
1968 - 1972
1972 - 1973
1973 - 1978
1978 - 1980
1980-present

Ruth Harklerode Willis
Mae Jones
Luella Leathers
June Antil
Janet Canatsey
 Geraldine (Jerry) Shimer
Dorothy Collett
Marilyn Emery

1961 - 1963
1963 - 1966
1966 - 1978
1978 - 1979
1979 - 1998
1998 - 2007
2007-present

Maude Jones
Donna Durst
Betty Woodford
Marilyn Emery
DarLena Tuttle
Nancy Hatch
Kathie Trowbridge

      

    Christian Education Directors

Youth Directors


1976 - 1977
1983 - 1984
1984 - 1987
1987 - 1999



Vickki Lynn
Althea Sweeney
Vickie Tuttle
JoAnn Gibson Metzendorf

1978 - 1981
1981 - 1984
1984 - 1987
1987 - 1989
1987 - 1989
1990 - 1995
1995 - 2000
2001 - 2002
2003-present

Joel & Susie Skinner
Erwin & SuzeAnn Goedicke
Jeff Loaney
Ginny Hall Terry (co-dir.)
Cindy Dresser Woodford (co-dir.) Dan Hagmaier
Greg McAllister
Katherine Buckley
Kelly Adams

Children's Ministry Directors

  Chancel Choir Directors

1999 - 2002
2002 - 2004
2004 - 2005
2006 - 2007
2007 - 2011
2011-present

Ronald Friend
Sandra Double
Kristen Jacobs
Cindy Seifert
Joan Watson
Cheri Smith

1949 - 1957
1958 - 1960
1960 - 1972
1972 - 1974
1974 - 1977
1977 - 1988
1988 - 2003
2003 - 2014
2014-present

Luther Carson
Joyce Flint
Dolores Boggs
Allen Tucker
Ronald Hatch
Vickki Hinebaugh
Maria Pereces Fish
Shirley Hofmeister
Ken Umeck



         

Organists/Accompanists

Facitilites Managers    


1952 - 1954
1954 - 1955
1954 - 1957
1958 - 1960
1960 - 1967
1967 - 1991
1992 - 2003
2003 to present

Joanne Gervatt
Charles A. McCrae, Jr. (co)
Martha Wilson (co)
Linda Palm Hobbs
Martha Wilson
Dorothy Reynolds
 Anita Gillies Hiss
Dan McKinnon

1997 - 1999
1999 - 2005
2006 - 2007
2007 to  present

Bob Moldovan
Ken & Kendra Perrine
Doug Shively
Cheryl Knowlton


 

Worship Leaders  

Wednesday Night Coordinators


2012 to present

Ken Umeck

2007 - 2011

Amy Arnold












 

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