07 Mar Ebensburg Church Plant – Ebensburg, PA
Church Planter Needed!
Historic and charming, Ebensburg, PA !!
The first permanent settlement on the Allegheny Front, Ebensburg is built on lands purchased by a signer of the Declaration of Independence. The model village developed into a coherent community of settlers which, within a decade of being started in 1796, became the seat of the newly-formed Pennsylvania county. This mountain town became the hub of our young nation’s last great push over the Appalachians. Accounts describe High Street, inEbensburg, as being lined with Conestoga wagons and migrants seeking a fresh new life in the American westward expansion.
In the 1800’s, Ebensburg developed into a mountain resort. Word of the area’s scenic beauty spread. The natural springs which attracted the first settlers became famous. The philanthropists and the urban rich of New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh flocked to area. Luxury hotel registries soon contained the names of Andrew Carnegie, William H. Vanderbilt, and Mary Todd Lincoln, all of whom went to the region to build stunning homes and structures with elegant architecture— some of which remain today.
As of the 2010, there were 3,351 people within the borough. The racial make-up was 98.27% White, 0.48% African American, 0.69% Asian, 0.12% Native American, Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population. In the borough the population was spread out, with 19.2% under the age of 18, 1.9% from 18 to 19, 6.4% from 20 to 24, 12.9% from 25 to 34, 17.4% from 35 to 49, 21.7% from 50 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. The population was 46.55% male, and 53.45% female. Pennsylvania Highlands Community College is located in Ebensburg with St. Francis University and Mount Aloysius College within very short driving distances.
From its humble beginnings to the continuous health of the area today, Ebensburg continues to retain its small town charm.
The desire of the South Central West Section is to see a vibrant, culturally relevant, Spirit-filled church established once again in this community. No solid Spirit -filled presence has been known for some time.
So just as the Welsh and the Catholic immigrants of long ago journeyed to this pristine mountain area, to find new opportunities, the hope is that a new wave of spiritual immigrants will take the journey— up the mountain— to find what GOD has planned for the 21st century.
Please contact Presbyter Walt Smith (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in planting in Ebensburg.