To be a welcoming, caring, and Christ-centered community.
We desire to share God's love by reaching all generations for Christ.
Inspired by the example of Jesus, we strive to lead all people
to wholeness and fullness of life.
In 1959, a prayer meeting was organized and met in Lois Kadet's apartment. Lois was
a music professor at Gettysburg College and the first organist. During this time, the church
was meeting in a building on Wainright Ave. where they met weekly for Sunday School and
They had weekly Caravan meetings and that summer had Vacation Bible School for the
children. The teens were active with the NYPS - Nazarene Young People's Society. The
Missionary Society was also a very active part of the meeting.
On May 1, 1960, Dr. Grosse organized the church with 14 charter members. On July 10,
1960, Rev. James Weston Chambers (Wes) and his wife Luine came as the first full time
pastor. Shortly afterwards, the church body was praying for a building and they purchased
the lot on the corner of Windbriar Lane and Rt. 116. The address is now 1100 Fairfield Rd.
Sep 1959 - first revival with Rev. Claude Jones
Feb 1965 - first wedding - Linda Geiman & Jim Witherow
April 1966 - first baby dedication - Wayne Sarge
August 1968 - first baptism service
May 1960 - Charter Members
- Dr. Grosse organized the Gettysburg Church of the Nazarene with 14 members:
Lawrence Haines, Jr., LaWanda Haines, Kathleen Haines
Lois Kadel, Nancy Kelly, Majorie Routsong, David K. Witherow, Steven Witherow,
David L. Witherow, Olan Young, Sylvia Young, Janice Young, and Edith Witherow who
joined in June.
Pulpit Supply Pastors
1959-1960 - Elsie Bradfield
1974-1975 - Dudley Hallaway
1986-1987 - Norman Ford
1995-1996 - Tom Moser & Ron Bennett
2013-2014 - Clyde Osterhout
1960-1964 - James Weston Chambers
1964-1974 - Alan G. Keith
1975-1979 - Marcus Briggs
1979-1986 - John Borgal
1987 - 1990 - John S. Cramer II
1991-1993 - Norman Ford
1993-1995 - Tim Bortner
1996-2000 - Johnny Briles
2001-2002 - Mike Shorb
2002-2007 - Steve Annis
2008-2013 - DeVona L. Cordell
2014 - present - George Fry
50th Anniversary Celebration - May 2, 2010
Former ministers and their families present - Rev. Johnny Briles, Rev. Tom Moser, and
Rev. Tim Bortner
Special music by Gene & Phyllis Vandergrift - "Man in the middle"
Bible readings from Psalms, Isaiah, John, and Philippians plus others
Songs of praise - "Our redeemer lives", "Step by step" and two others, Hymn 352 - "Victory in Jesus"
Celebrating the past with our former pastors reminiscing 50 years of celebrating video presentation
Special presentation to Marge Orner for faithful services through the years
Childrens' message - "God's love", "Joy in Christ" sermon by Rev. DeVona Cordell
Communion celebrated by Rev. Terry Sowden, Assistant District Superintendent