The History of the Beaver-Butler Presbytery

In 1958, two denominations, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. and the United Presbyterian Church of North America joined to form the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). On January 20, 1959, what had been four presbyteries under the former organization merged into a new presbytery known as Beaver-Butler Presbytery. The merged presbyteries were Beaver (Presbyterian), Beaver Valley (United Presbyterian), Butler (Presbyterian), and Butler (United Presbyterian). Today, the Presbytery is comprised of 87 churches and one church in development within the bounds of Beaver and Butler counties.

In September, 1968, Rev. James G. Manor was called as the first General Presbyter, now known as Executive Presbyter. Other Executive Presbyters who served the Presbytery are Dr. Stephen Polley, Rev. Tim Jones, and Rev. Alan Adams. Interim Executive Presbyters who served the Presbytery are Rev. Helen Cochrane, Dr. Robert Frazier, and Rev. Carolyn Jones. Rev. Dr. David Oyler is currently serving as Interim Executive Presbyter.

The Presbytery offices have always been located in the Zelienople, PA area. The first location was opened in the Mellon Bank Building in Zelienople. The next year, the office moved to the Butler County News Building on Route 19S. In 1981, the office was moved to the basement of the Zelienople Library, and in 1997, the Presbytery purchased and moved into a building at 134-B South Main Street, where it is still located.

The building accommodates the Secretary/Reception area, the Accounting Office, the Executive Presbyter’s Office, the Resource Center and two conference rooms. Here, the staff is available to serve the churches and their members.

Moderators of Beaver-Butler 1959 – 2019

Merger of 4 Presbyteries January 20, 1959
Rev. E. G. Montag (Senior Moderator)
1959 Rev. James G. Manor 1990 Rev. Deane Lavender
1960 Rev. Richard Davis 1991 Rev. Robert B. McCrumb II
1961 Rev. George W. Carson 1992 Elder John Towns
1962 Rev. C. Kenneth Hall 1993 Elder Mark Ruppert
1963 Rev. Ray A. McCreight 1994 Elder Deborah Ihlenfeld
1964 Rev. E.G. Montag 1995 Rev. John C. Peterson
1965 Rev. William K. Liebler 1996 Rev. Dennis Burnett
1966 Rev. Harold Byers 1997 Rev. Judy Angleberger
1967 Elder Robert S. Kerr 1998 Rev. Thomas Clyde
1968 Rev. John L. Brownlee 1999 Rev. William Jamieson
1969 Elder Raymond Why 2000 Rev. Judith McBride
1970 Rev. James S. Seaman 2001 Rev. Stephen Cahoon
1971 Rev. Harvey O. Johnson 2002 Elder Peg Marshall
1972 Rev. T. Neil Severance 2003 Rev. Thomas Thornton
1973 Elder Mark B. Maharg 2004 Elder Thomas McMeekin
1974 Rev. Crea M. Clark 2005 Rev. John Rickloff
1975 Elder John Davison 2006 Elder Michael Helms
1976 Rev. William H. Hudson 2007 Rev. Gary Weston
1977 Elder George Kehrli 2008 Elder John Stokes
1978 Elder Carmine R. Garcia 2009 Rev. Connie Dunn
1979 Elder James K. Donnell 2010 Elder James Powers
1980 Rev. William J. Lightbody 2011 Rev. Peter deVries
1981 Elder R. James Ihlenfeld 2012 Rev. Judy Angleberger
1982 Rev. Jean H. Henderson 2013 Elder Ray Why
1983 Elder William Meyer 2014 Rev. Allison Bauer
1984 Rev. William A. Jamieson 2015 Elder James Ihlenfeld
1985 Elder Marian Starr 2016 Rev. Dr. Mary Kitchen
1986 Rev. Walter Radulovich 2017 Elder Thomas McMeekin
1987 Rev. Wayne M. Bell 2018 Rev. Dr. Thomas Harmon
1988 Elder Earl W. Dunfee 2019 Rev. Randall Clow
1989 Rev. Robert Mathias