IT ALL STARTED IN 1965...
Seventeen dedicated pioneers desired to plant a new church in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, PA, that would emphasize the Pentecostal work of the Holy Spirit for today. They met in a home in Castle Shannon and became the charter members of South Hills Assembly of God under the lay leadership of George and Phyllis Applegate.
That same month, another group of pioneers met in a prayer meeting of the mother church, Bethel Assembly of God, to believe for the same endeavor to be birthed from much prayer and faith. They joined their efforts with the first group.
Pastor Paul Wislocky became the first pastor, and services were moved from homes to the Castle Shannon Borough Building where, on May 6, 1966, the first Sunday school and morning worship were held with 38 in attendance. John McEwen, who had prayed for 40 years for a full gospel church in the South Hills, was recognized for his loving guidance in those early years. The foundation of South Hills Assembly was then laid that would have far-reaching consequences in touching the lives of thousands.
OCTOBER 9, 1966
The growing group broke ground for the new church building with the men of the church doing most of the construction.
AUGUST 20, 1967
The first service was held in the new sanctuary, and the building was officially dedicated to the work of the Lord on January 28, 1968. The dream had come true!
Cyril Chegwin became the pastor of the young church. The Chegwins saw the church continue to grow to nearly 200 when they moved in the middle of 1972. The first Sunday of 1973, Robert Owen was installed as the pastor. Soon the sanctuary was too small.
A larger sanctuary was dedicated to the Lord in July 1975.
The church purchased Hillcrest School from the Bethel Park School District. With expansions to the school facility in August 1994 when a middle school wing was added, a new gymnasium in 2009, and an additional wing for the high school in 2015, Hillcrest Christian Academy is today an excellent weekday Christian school offering classes from 3- and 4-year-old preschool up through 12th Grade. Parents are finding a high-quality education for their children in a godly atmosphere where the Bible is taught.
Dr. Jack Stepp was installed as the new Lead Pastor at South Hills Assembly.
Under Pastor Stepp's leadership, a new ministry center was dedicated at South Hills Assembly in 1999. This addition to the facilities expanded the campus to over 81,000 square feet, providing the additional space needed for the growing membership.
Compassion Connection was incorporated as a non-profit corporation under South Hills Assembly to provide professional counseling, coaching groups and classes, and caring outreaches for families in the local community. Pastor Kay Stepp was appointed Executive Director.
2007 - 2009
Three parcels of land were purchased for the primary purpose of future housing and parking, increasing the land area at the church campus from 4.5 acres to 9 acres.
South Hills Assembly became debt-free. To God be the glory!
Dr. Jack Stepp and Pastor Kay Stepp retired after serving the congregation of South Hills Assembly for 25 years.
Pastor Kendall Harris was installed as the new Lead Pastor of South Hills Assembly.
Jennifer Harris accepted the position of Executive Director, Compassion Connection.