Highlights from our History

The First Baptist Church, PA was founded on February 16, 1860, with Furman Farnsworth and George Mowton as Deacons and George Mowton as Clerk. The first meeting was held in the school house with Rev. O.L. Hall presiding. The first regular(weekly) church meeting was held on March, 24, 1860, when Rev. Hall was elected as the first pastor.(1)

After land was secured on the corner of 9th and Coal, the cornerstone was placed on August 9, 1860.(2) On September 1, 1861, the first service was held in the basement of the church and the church was dedicated on January 8, 1862. The dedicatory sermon was preached by Rev. A. H. Buckingham. Abraham Lincoln is said to have visited this church sometime between 1860 and 1865.

On January 10, 1926, fire destroyed the interior of the church and the roof. Repair work started and competed within the same year. The church purchased a plot of ground just north of the church where they built the parsonage. It was sold at one point in time, but repurchased in 1952.()

In 1955, the congregation built an addition on the east side of the church.()

Our congregation was affiliated with the American Baptist Convention, but later became Independent Baptist.


The Early Years

Rev. O. L. Hall: March 24, 1860 (Preached for first meeting on February 16, 1860)
Rev. George McNair
Rev. A. B. Still: 1870
Rev. Thomas Godfrey
Rev. Delancey
Rev. Merriman
Rev. Hile
Rev. W. H. Ellis

The Middle Years
Rev. Mose Alexaander: 1901*
Rev. A.G. Langford: May 19, 1906*
Rev. A.Z. Myers: September 4, 1907* - October 1, 1910 (Treorton Times)
Mr. Alex. Patman: April 2, 1911*
Rev. Thomas J. Lake: July 14, 1912*
Rev. Judson Barnes: August 20, 1916* - December 25, 1916 (Christmas Card)
Rev. E.B. Sharpless: August 31, 1920* - June 6, 1921(Cradle Roll)
Rev. Clarence Pike: May 24, 1922* - November 3, 1923 (Shamokin News Dispatch)
Rev. Frank L. Whitsell: February 11, 1927*
Rev. Josiah H. Rhoads: August 6, 1928 - June 15, 1935 Shaokin News Dispatch)
Rev. H.B. Rittenhouse: June 12:1938 - July 28, 1940*
Rev. Michael Sheldon: June 29, 1946 - January 1, 1950 (Moved - Shamokin News Dispatch)


Recent History
Rev. Russel Fry: September 1949- 1960 being known for certain.(4)(5)(6)(7)(8)*
Pastor Fry passed away on March 4, 2017
Rev. George Kohler called around Octover 18, 1960
Rev. Arlee L. Powell: March 29, 1964 - February 6, 1966*
Athor of A Discipleship Journey for New Believers: Publish America, 2011
Rev. Fred Gramlich: September 11, 1966 (first day) - 1969*
Rev. Charles Hamilton: Visiting Pastor during late 1960's to early 1970's - Rode a Greyhound Bus from Lewisburg on a weekly basis(+)
Rev. Martzel: Possibly for 1970-1971 (+)
Rev. James Canaday: April 30, 1972 Through November 1974*
Rev. George F. Lee, Jr.: November 1974 Through November 1978
Rev. Mark Mantz: Late 1970's or 1980's Through December 1992
Rev. Robert E. Horne : January 1, 1993 Through June 20, 2001 (Father's Day)(+)
Rev. Daniel Conklin: May 2002 - May 10, 2015 (Mother's Day)
Rev. David H. Troyer: October 12, 2015 - August 2018
Rev. D. Duane Tupper: January 2019 - present

About our Pastor

Pastor Tupper was born & raised in Shreveport, Louisiana. His parents were saved when he was a toddler and attended the Westlake Baptist Church. At the age of four, his father led him to the Lord in their backyard. At the age of nineteen, Pastor Tupper began attending an independent Baptist church in Shreveport. It was at this church that he was encouraged by the emphasis on personal evangelism. He was attending Louisiana State University at the time but soon transferred to a Bible College in Indiana.

It was at Bible College where Pastor Tupper met his wife, Melissa. After graduating, they were married on August 14, 2002. Pastor Tupper and his family then served as missionaries to the Marshall Islands from 2004-2010.

In 2013, the Tuppers moved to Pennsylvania, were Melissa's family was originally from. They served in various ministries at Victory Baptist Church in Selinsgrove from 2013-2018, including serving as Youth Leaders for three years. In 2018, Pastor Tupper was voted in as the Associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Trevorton. In January 2019, he was voted in as the Senior Pastor.

Our church currently offers Sunday school classes for children of all ages, Children's Church on Sunday Mornings, and Kidz Klub & youth program on Wednesday Nights.


If you have newspaper clippings or other articles of interest regarding the history of our church, please provide us with copies if you are able to do so.


(1) History of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania...., J. J. John, Edited by Herbert C. Bell,1891
(2) History of Northumberland County, Pennsylvania...., J. J. John, Edited by Herbert C. Bell,1891
Shamokin News-Dispatch, http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/75517289/ (Accessed November 10, 2015).
(4) Church records and Stained Glass Window directly above the main entrance to the church above the door in the foyer.
(5) Shamokin News-Dispatch, http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/96792512/ (Accessed December 1, 2015).
(6) Shamokin News-Dispatch, http://www.newspapers.com/newspage/96128963/ (Accessed December 1, 2015).
(7) Shamokin News-Dispatch, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/75952343/ (Accessed December 1, 2015).
(8) Shamokin News-Dispatch, https://www.newspapers.com/newspage/66068713/ (Accessed January 28, 2016).
(+) Phone Interview with Rev. Horne March 26, 2017

()P. 43-44, Trevorton 1853-1956 Book of History
() Trevorton Sesquicentennial Book

* Known through Church Records


We are a conservative,
Independent Baptist Church
located on the corner of 9th and Coal Streets.

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