About Us

Brief Church History:

The Windber Church was originally part of the Shade Creek congregation. At a council meeting at Berkey Church, July 4, 1900, the Brethren of Windber were authorized to open a mission point. The Windber Brethren met July 14, to organize and hold their first services. At a council meeting in December, 1921, Windber and Scalp Level divided. The Windber congregation organized in January, 1922 with Brother A. J. Beeghly as Elder.

The present church building was dedicated on June 10, 1923, located on the corner of Graham Ave. and 19th Street. The building is 110 ft. long and 77 ft. wide. The Sanctuary, with the balcony, has a seating capacity for about 500 persons. Over the years there have been many changes to the church building, much of it as upgrades to the facility, such as an elevator. Our current pastor, Joe Brown, is the 19th Pastor since the Windber congregation was formed.

Our Staff

Pastor Joe Brown

Hello! My name is Joseph E. Brown, Pastor at Windber Church of the Brethren. I was born on July 23, 1954, and grew up in Salisbury, PA. I received a call to ministry in 1994, while attending Hostetler Church of the Brethren. At that time I was licensed into ministry and completed the then Three-Year Reading Course of ministry training, and received my ordination in January 2001. I have served in several congregations in the Western PA District Church of the Brethren during the last 20 years. I also was able to serve in several disaster recovery projects, as well.

For me, life has been a transitional journey from which I have changed my view of walking alone, to actually needing God as I daily walk. The Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ have definitely aided me in this. It would be a joy to meet you here at Windber and get to know you, as we follow the leading of the Holy Spirit while serving Jesus Christ and God the Father together.

My wife, Joyce Brown, has served in many capacities to aid in ministry throughout the years. We were married May 21, 1983, at our home church of Hostetler Church of the Brethren. She has been my greatest support throughout our years of service. Joyce usually likes to fill in behind the scenes as a silent but very strong partner. I would hate to view any part of life or ministry without her by my side.

Secretary Susie Moss

My name is Suzanne G. (Berkey) Moss and I am now serving as Church Secretary of the Windber Church of the Brethren. I’m especially honored to have as my middle name “Grace.” That was my paternal grandmother’s name, but it is also a constant reminder of what we all receive when we take Jesus into our hearts.

I was born in Johnstown, PA, and spent the first part of my life living in Adams and Richland Townships, Cambria County. Following my marriage on December 20, 1968, to Kenneth Moss, we spent 33 years living in Conemaugh Township, Somerset County. Ken and I currently reside in my childhood home in Richland.

I was called to serve as Church Secretary at the Roxbury COB in 1984, and knew that being a secretary was what the Holy Spirit was leading me to be. After 7 years there, I was called to serve as Office Secretary/Administrative Assistant of the Western PA District of the Church of the Brethren. It was my joy and honor to serve there for 23 years until my retirement in the fall of 2014. During all of those years I served as a volunteer music minister in the Arbutus COB.

It will be my privilege to serve as your church secretary. I pray that we can serve and give praise to our Father God, His Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit through the Windber Church of the Brethren. Come visit the Windber COB and let’s worship our Lord together!