Second Presbyterian Church marks 150 years

From staff reports

Second Presbyterian Church is celebrating its 150th year in 2022.

Monthly events are scheduled to celebrate the occasion. A list of the events is available online at

Over its long history in the city, the congregation has built three churches at its current location at the corner of West First and Reed streets.

The first building was erected in 1872, the second in 1884, and the most recent building in 1913. This building underwent an extensive renovation in 1964.

The beauty of the sanctuary is enhanced by many stained glass windows given in 1913 as memorials to previous pastors and members at that time.

Three individuals have been members of the church for 75 years. They include George M. Friedhaber, Medora Friedhaber and Carl Edward “Ted” Townsend.

The church is active in the community.

It sponsors the Open Door Cafe on East Second Street and hosts several weekly Bible study groups. There’s also an active Presbyterian Women’s group, Sunday school classes for adults and children, weekly men’s prayer breakfast meetings and an annual Vacation Bible School program that draws children from all around the area.

The church partners with Community Services of Venango County and the Oil City Ministerium. It also offers meeting space for groups such as Girl Scouts, NA, Mostly Brass and others.

The Rev. Tim Harmon is pastor at the church. Josh Botts serves as commissioned pastor of outreach and mission.

Others who serve at the church include Tammy Botts, head of Christian education; Doris Kahle, secretary; Roberta Sherman, financial secretary; and Scott Chmiel, sexton.

Sunday services are held at 11 a.m. — both in person and on Facebook.