Today’s Calvary Church is part of a rich heritage. This congregation was established in 1807 as “The First Presbyterian Church of Indiana.” The congregation first met in homes and, after 1809, in the county’s small courthouse. In 1827, the congregation built its first building on the present-day site which was donated by George Clymer, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. In 1858, a second church replaced the initial building.
In 1904 work began on the third and present-day building, a Victorian eclectic structure designed by J.C. Fulton of Uniontown. Built of Hummelstown brownstone by Indiana contractor John S. Hastings, the new edifice was completed in 1906. Its octagonal sanctuary, dominated by an art glass dome 28 feet in diameter, incorporates the central pulpit and semi‑circular pew arrangement of the "Akron Plan," allowing worshipers to hear and see easily from any seat.
Calvary is a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA). Among our core beliefs are the sovereignty of God, the authority of the scripture, justification by grace through faith and the ministry of all believers. What they mean is God's purpose for humanity comes from the Bible, particularly what is revealed in the New Testament through the person of Jesus Christ. The Presbyterian Church is governed at all levels by a combination of clergy and laity. For more information about the Presbyterian Church, USA, go to www.pcusa.org.