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United Presbyterian Church


United Presbyterian Church. The inception of the movement toward establishing an Associate Reformed Presbyterian congregation at Sharon was brought about through a passing visit of Rev. M. M. Brown now of New Wilmington, Penn., who at the next meeting of the Lawrence Presbytery recommended that a committee be sent to look over the field. This was accordingly done, and in June, 1858, Rev. William Findley, D. D., acting under the direction of that presbytery, organized a congregation in Sharon. The following comprised the first members: David T. Porter, Mrs. Ann Porter, John Titus, Mrs. Mary Titus, Miss Ann Eliza Titus, Miss Rosanna Titus, Mrs. Mordock, Mrs. Adams, Mrs. Duncan, Miss Mary McHenry, James Raney, Mrs. Mary Raney, Miss Margaret Raney, John Raney, Mrs. Tirza Love and Miss Mary McClelland. The building at present occupied was erected in 1865 at a cost of $11,000. It is a brick, and is commodious and convenient for the purposes to which it is devoted. The pastors of the congregation have been Rev. B. K. Ormond, its first minister, who began preaching in Sharon in April, 1858, before the organization of the flock into a regular congregation, and who was installed regular pastor shortly afterward, at first dividing his time between the Sharon and Clarksville charges, and afterward serving the former church exclusively until December 31, 1880; and the present pastor, Rev. John A. Bailey, who entered upon his ministry in January, 1883. In the opening part of the year 1881 the congregation, through unfortunate occurrences, became disorganized. April 19, the same year, a reorganization was, however, effected through the instrumentality of Rev. Robert McWatty, D. D., acting under the direction of the United Presbyterian Presbytery of Mercer. The membership at that time was fifty; now it is 140. Following is a list of ruling elders: John Titus, David T. Porter, Robert Strain, William L. Thompson, William J. Hamilton, Robert Templeton, J. H. McElheny, M. D., J. E. McGeehan, E. M. 

Stapleton, Jesse Huff, G. A. Hawk, J. W. Paisley, M. K. Hamilton, A. G. McNabb, William A. Kelley and Thomas Ray.  

History of Mercer County, 1888, pages 391-392

First United Presbyterian Church, Sharon, from 1910

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The building as it looks today, in use by the Covenant Presbyterian Church 

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First United Presbyterian Church, Sharon, PA

Membership Roll and Church Societies


Rev. Oscar T. Person, Pastor

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Churches in Sharon



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