History

Although Unity Presbyterian Church was recently formed and its name adopted in January 2017, it has a rich heritage through the merging of two congregations – Dormont Presbyterian Church and Wallace Memorial Presbyterian Church.  God has shared His love and grace through the people of this new church generously during their many years as separate entities in prominent locations of Dormont and Green Tree. As a new church family, we continue to share time and talents, in worship and faith, giving and serving others since our beginnings.

In November of 2013, the merge process began as both congregations worshipped together in the former Wallace Memorial building on Greentree Road. On September 25, 2014, we officially became one church with Rev. Dennis Molnar from the Wallace congregation as Pastor. Rev. Sarah Robbins from the Dormont congregation served as temporary associate pastor through 2015. In 2015 we adopted new vision and mission statements to proclaim our future direction. We recently expanded our church staff to provide the leadership and energy for accomplishing our plans going forward.

The congregation and staff of Unity embrace and recognize that it takes more than a good sermon to fill seats on Sunday That’s why Unity Presbyterian Church is seeking to reach out beyond the pews into the community, not only to spread God’s word, but to serve others and be a light in the world.

We are connecting in new ways to the community and we like trying a lot of new, innovating things to change with the times,” said Pastor Dennis W. Molnar. “Part of that is our Soul Series, which brings in five or six speakers from May until October, to address various topics that are universal to everybody. We’ve had speakers talk about holistic medicine and medicinal foods, mental illness, caregiver stress, feng shui, chakras (since they also have strong ties to the local Hindu community) and grief relating to the loss of a child.”

The church has an art exhibition open to the community once a year, as well as a new series of concerts that include individual performances on the second Friday of each month and larger concerts at various times of the year. The Three Rivers Ringers will perform on Saturday, May 20, and the Pittsburgh Music Academy is taking up residence as part of connecting to the people in the neighborhood. A Community Musical Celebration marking the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation along with other seasonal programming is also in the works.

Unity has a rich history of meeting needs in the community through its Wallace Nursery School and its ever-growing food pantry. The nursery school has been a staple of the church for over 50 years, and the Wallace Food Pantry operates every Tuesday to provide food items to people designated by the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. It’s one of the largest suburban food pantries in the region. Other programs address other community needs, such as the successful Nativi-Tea, which raised funds for local charities such as Sojourner House, a local Pittsburgh outreach center for women.

Unity engages in approximately twenty missions that serve people locally, nationally and even internationally. It has even forged its own unique mission of providing an annual Art Camp on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota with local artisans and the Native American people on the reservation.

Despite all of the changes, Unity continues to be affiliated with the Presbyterian Church U.S.A., and is a member of the Presbytery of Pittsburgh.  However, they also believe it’s important to develop relationships with other neighboring churches, and often participate in “Interfaith” events with the catholic parishes of SS Simon & Jude and St. Margaret of Scotland, and the fellow Presbyterian congregations of Mt. Pisgah, and Covenant-Community Presbyterian Church.

Within the church itself, members are enjoying new offerings. Disciple formation is the new emphasis of program offerings, including a rotation system for a “Disciple Zone” hour on Sunday mornings at 9 a.m.  A vibrant Vacation Bible School is held every summer, free to the community as a result of a generous gift to the church. New worship elements have been introduced at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday morning service, including more diverse music elements and the use of video monitors. A new interactive worship service, called The Way Worship Service, offered on alternate Saturday evenings at 5 p.m., is open to all.

If all of this sounds like something you’d like to learn more about, go to Unity’s website at unitypresbyterianchurch.org, like us on Facebook or stop in at 1146 Greentree Road.

We invite you to share in God’s faithfulness and strength as a part of Unity Presbyterian Church.