History

1874, The Mount Pleasant Circuit was formed by the Pittsburgh Conference of the Evangelical Association. The circuit churches were: Mt. Salem, Good Hope, Bunker  Hill, and Memdon. Paradise Church began as Sunday School meetings held in the Mudd School building. 

 

 


1876, Land located near Mudd School was donated by Jacob and Polly Stauffer for the erection of a new church at Greenlick. The Paradise corner stone was laid July 9th and the building dedicated November 26th. 

 

 


1919, A Parsonage was completed adjacent the church. 

 

 


1923, The Pittsburgh Conference of the Evangelical Church was formed by the merger of the United Evangelical Church and the Evangelical Association. The Paradise Mission consisted of: Paradise, Bridgeport, Mt. Carmel and Glenwood. 

 

 


1946, The Evangelical United Brethren Church was formed by the merger of the Evangelical Church and the Church of the United Brethren in Christ. 

 

 


1947, The Paradise Charge voted to be removed from the list of "Conference Missions" thereby becoming a self-supporting charge. 

 

 


1952, The Paradise Church with 163 members celebrated it's 75th anniversary.

 

 


1966, A new parsonage was dedicated by the two churches of the charge: Paradise and Bridgeport. 

 

 


1968, The United Methodist Church was formed by the merger of the Evangelical United Brethren Church and the Methodist Church 

 

 


1969, Ground was broken for an education unit/fellowship hall addition. A service of dedication and burning of the mortgage was held on October 6, 1985. 

 

 


1974, The Centennial Celebration was held and Commemorative booklet of Church pictures and history compiled. 

 

 


1989, Paradise became a single point charge supporting its own pastor and purchasing Bridgeport's share of the parsonage. 

 

 


1992, Paradise membership 294, average worship attendance 135.

 

 


1998/99, Paradise membership 322, average worship attendance 139.

 

 


1999, Paradise Church celebrated it's 125th Anniversary on October 17th with a special worship service.

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