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.
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.
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!
Children and Youth Pastor Patrick K. Himes
Hi All! My name is Patrick K. Himes and I am the Children and Youth Pastor here! I have lived in Western PA for about 20 years and grew up in Hagerstown, Maryland. I received the call to become a pastor in my 20’s and followed that calling. In 2017 I became an ordained minister after completing a degree of Biblical Studies form Online Bible Study as well as years of training. I have served in two other congregations in the Grace Brethren Fellowship of Church’s, now known as Charis Fellowship.
My relationship with Jesus Christ is a daily walk and I am in awe of what He can do. I believe there is power in prayer and power in having a seed of faith. We all face trials, but are we placing our trust in Him when things aren’t going our way? It is all about Him and not about us. Children and youth are our future so we must take our families back and train them in the way of the Lord.
I have been married to my beautiful wife, Valerie, since 2007 and we have two awesome children, Dawson and Autumn. Valerie is my best friend and rock whom I talk with about everything in life. We are a very close family and love to go camping, travel to the beach, enjoy sporting events, and love having fun together. We also enjoy playing sports and singing together.
My life verse is Isaiah 40:31 “But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not grow faint.” Powerful! My family and I are happy to serve our community, make it stronger, and bring folks to Christ. God Bless!