Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain.
Pastor Jeremiah and his family moved to Pittsburgh in January of 2013 to plant what was then called Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh East. They and one other family partnered together to plant this new church on the East side of Pittsburgh, but by the time the church formally launched on 22 September 2013, the core group had grown to 84 people. From the beginning, God was faithful in growing His church.
Gateway Middle School was our initial meeting place on Sunday mornings. A 24′ trailer containing all of our equipment would come rolling into the parking lot every Sunday morning, and faithful volunteers would work to get everything setup in the early dawn hours. Worship was held in the school auditorium, and kid’s ministry utilized the classrooms. This weekly routine lasted for almost four years, until God’s faithfulness was again displayed in a major way.
On 21 May 2017, we held our first service in a building that was officially ours. By the faithful giving of church attendees, we were able to acquire the old St. Martin’s building overlooking I-376. The building had been abandoned for many years, and it was closer to being demolished than it was ever being occupied again. However, our leadership saw immense potential in the old structure, and so the work of reclamation began. This all culminated in what was a jubilant first service with the rows packed from the front to the back. We soon began offering two services to accommodate the growth in attendance.
By the faithful giving of church attendees, we were able to acquire the old St. Martin’s building overlooking I-376.
In 2019, Harvest Bible Fellowship, the church-planting organization that we had been a part of, was dissolved. In its place, many of the churches planted by Harvest Bible Fellowship formed a new network called the Great Commission Collective, and Harvest Bible Chapel Pittsburgh East found its place in this new church-planting organization. However, we soon felt the need to rebrand ourselves in light of this shift. Recognizing the theme of restoration in scripture, as well as around the city of Pittsburgh and even in our own building, our leadership decided to change the name to Reclamation Church.