Brief History of our Church


From humble beginnings often come great and glorious things.  Look at what a baby in a manger accomplished.  So, it is with this church.  The Church of the Nazarene came to Selinsgrove in March 1950 after prayer had been made for a holiness church that preached new life and sanctification through Jesus Christ.  Rev. Claude Jones, Nazarene Evangelist, preached in a tent meeting that led to the organization of our church in July 1950 with nine charter members under the leadership of Dr. Ernest E. Grosse, District Superintendent of the, then Washington-Philadelphia District.


Our newly organized church had no place to worship, so the Mifflinburg Church of the Nazarene, led by Rev. Fred Pick, opened their doors to the Selinsgrove congregation.  We worshiped with the Nazarenes in Mifflinburg for six months until a basement church was completed.  On March 1, 1951 the first service was held in the new basement church with Rev. William Adams, Jr., our first pastor. 


Approximately five years later the church sanctuary was built and completed at the corner of High and Vine Streets.  During the ministry of Rev. John Buchko the church’s growth was significant and relocation became imperative if growth could continue.  Nine and one half acres were purchased in July 1975 along W. Sassafras Street in Selinsgrove.  The church body occupied the new facilities on the “Promised Land” on February 5, 1978.  Over the years we have had several building expansions to address ministry needs.  Projects have included our parsonage, pavilion, and education wing on our current facility.


In our church’s history we have been blessed to be led by seven different lead pastors along with many associate pastors and staff.  Our current Lead Pastor Bill Foss joined us in June 2018.  We are excited to continue to be used by God in this Selinsgrove community and represent the message of God’s love, and his offer of new life and sanctification.  A purpose that not only honors the vision of our early church leaders but most importantly fulfills the Great Commission God has given to us.


We hope that you will join us in this endeavor!