This congregation shares an undenominational fellowship of churches variously known as ” churches of Christ” or “Christian churches.” These churches comprise one of the largest indigenous religious groups in America. Around 200 years ago, when Kentucky and Ohio constituted “the West,” religious fervor gripped the country. Groups of believers from various denominational backgrounds simultaneously gathered around able leaders who appealed for a return to the New Testament as the rule of faith and practice. Embracing this ideal, they labored independently toward it and then discovered each other. In 1832 they came together and adopted the name “Christian.”
In adhering to the New Testament, they abandoned cherished, but divisive, practices, pleading for unity of all believers and the Lordship of Jesus Christ who is “the head over all things for the church, which is his body…” (Ephesians 1:22-23). They sought unity in essentials, liberty in non-essentials, and love in all things.
First Christian Church of Montoursville, PA began with a group of Christians worshiping in Williamsport who desired a more Biblical based congregation with whom to fellowship.
This small group of believers held its formative meeting on April 12, 1970. They gathered in a home for their first worship gathering one week later. Due to growth, they moved to a commercial building, and before the year’s end, purchased a church building formerly owned by the Presbyterians located on Cherry Street in Montoursville.
In 1986 the congregation moved into its present facility and became debt-free in September, 2002.