Joseph Hedden & Melissa McLean at the Clarion Association Fall Meeting

Matt Deal, Glenn Sadler, Jim Neatrour, and David Ackerman at the Conference Minister Installation Service

Church Vitality Event February 6-7

We are looking forward to welcoming the Rev. Graham Standish to join us for two amazing and inspiring days at Antiochian Village, 140 Church Camp Trail, Bolivar PA.  The theme of our event, which is sponsored by our Transformation and Renewal Team, is “Leading the Church to an Experience of God: Transforming Congregational Life and Worship.”  The event promises to be an uplifting time for all who attend.  Registration forms will soon appear on our website at and will be mailed out to our churches soon.

Prayers for Ferguson

Our United Church of Christ President Geoffery Black has issued a statement on the recent developments in Ferguson MO.  You may read the statement at  Please pray that God’s justice and peace might be brought to bear on this whole situation, which continues to develop as of the time of this writing.

Thank You!

A message from David Ackerman, our new Conference Minister:  I just want to say a huge word of thanks to the people of the Penn West Conference for the beautiful service of installation that was held on November 16 at First Reformed UCC in Greensburg.  I was truly grateful to everyone who participated and attended.  Some people came a great distance to be there, and it meant a great deal to me that so many of you were there.  I am truly grateful for all the people of the Penn West Conference and look forward to seeing how God will lead us together in the days to come!


Hold the Dates!

·         Congregational Vitality Event with the Rev. Graham Standish, sponsored by our Transformation and Renewal Team, February 6-7, 2015, at Antiochian Village in Bolivar. 

·         “Beyond Sunday Morning”, All-Association Gathering on emergency preparedness for local churches, on Saturday, April 18, at St. John’s UCC in Evans City. 

·         Penn West Conference Annual Meeting May 29-30 at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown.

·         United Church of Christ General Synod June 26-30 in Cleveland.

·         National Youth Event July 26-29, 2016 in Disneyworld.

"God is Still Speaking"

Welcome to the PWC Website!

The Penn West Conference website is a platform for sharing the mutual ministries and missions (that our churches and members carry forward) of God. Members and visitors will find insights and resources, documents and materials, our resource center and catalog, Ministry Teams, links to local PWC church websites, and more. We are linked to the national site as well as other important ministry sites. As we move forward, we will have Annual Meeting information and registration online.

Combined with the periodic PWC eNewsletter (for current information and updates), churches and members will have greater access than ever before. Moving to electronic media is a challenge for the reader and for the originator. We will learn together how we can become collaborators in God’s Ministry and in God’s Message. Join in this by sending in articles about your church life and all the emails of members in your church.



Rev. David Ackerman
Conference Minister

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