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Our Story

Oak Hills Christian Church had its beginning in April 1956, when N. Quentin Grey, pastor of the North Street Christian Church (also in Butler, PA) presided at the first meeting for the purpose of organizing a place of worship in the Oak Hills area.  The first worship service was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Clayton Isenberg, located at the intersection of Old Plank and Vogel Rd., with 36 people in attendance.  

Regular meetings of the congregation were held at the South Butler Township Fire Hall, where Rev. Grey served as minister until a full-time pastor was secured. The first executive board members were selected by the congregation on July 9, 1956.  Members included: Harry M. Hays and Howard Patterson (chairmen); Robert Jordan (secretary); and Harold Larrick (treasurer). 

Tony Conley became the first full-time pastor of the church in September 1956.  In November of the same year, the North Main Street Christian Church purchased the twelve and a half acre plot at Old Plank and Township Line Roads for the congregation at the cost of $10,000.00.  Groundbreaking for the first church building was held on November 17, 1956.


The building was 1800 sq. ft. and was erected for less than the purchase price due to generous monetary contributions and volunteer labor.  Hymnals and an electric organ were donated by church members.  A building fund campaign began in March 1957, and the original (temporary) church building was dedicated a month later.


​Several months later, (Jan. 1958), a parsonage near the church site was purchased for $14,000.00.  At this time, Reverend Donald Hogan was installed as minister.  On Easter 1959, ground was broken for the permanent church building to be constructed.  On May 22, 1960, the building was dedicated. 


Rev. Floyd Councilman became minister in 1967 and served the church until 1973.  During his time at Oak Hills, the church celebrated the burning of the church mortgage in May 1971.  


Other ministers to follow Rev. Councilman were Calvin Ross, William Vivrett, Dean Reeder, Howard Bowers, Tom & Sarah Harwell, and Ty Sabella.  Phillip Conyers Jr. served as minister from 2000 till 2012. He was followed by Sèkinah Hamlin, Kris Denning, Kimberly Merrill, Ashley Stanfield and Rob Gillgrist.

Butler Disciples of Christ
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