Bethel Presbyterian Church has a rich history within our community, long before the existence of Bethel Park. The Rev. John McMillan, D.D., a missionary in Western Pennsylvania, crossed over the mountainous terrain on his third missionary journey to our region. He noted in his diary on November 5, 1776, "Tuesday preached at Peter's Creek, baptized five children." This date is the first recorded date we have of a preaching service in what is now Bethel Presbyterian Church.
Originally known as the Peter's Creek congregation, from the location at the headwaters of Peter's Creek, it eventually divided into two congregations known as the Eastern Division and the Western Division. Sometime between October 18, 1785 and April 18, 1786, the name of the Eastern Division was changed to Lebanon and the name of the Western Division was changed to Bethel. These were faithful, biblical names.
Bethel Presbyterian Church was officially incorporated on March 11, 1907. Soon after, our current building was erected and dedicated in May 1910. Along the way, there have been many changes and many faces who have passed through the church, but one thing has been consistent: a desire to serve the Lord Jesus Christ in all we do. Whether it's participating in mission, worshiping, or gathering together in fellowship we know that we are called by God to be a part of Jesus' mission and ministry in Bethel Park and beyond.