Where it all began

Dutilh United Methodist Church began in 1844 with four families holding services in the Jones barn. The founding families were Detmore and Elizabeth Shaner of Beaver County and William and Jane Lonsdale, newly arrived from England. The original church was called Little Plains Church and Joshua Monroe served as the first official pastor. In 1878, Pastor J.M. Swan recognized the growth in the area and the need for a bigger building. A site consisting of one-fourth of an acre was donated by Charles Dutilh of Philadelphia and two and a half additional acres had been added by 1961 to comprise the present site, parking areas and cemetery.


In 1963, Cranberry Township officials renamed a portion of Perry Highway/Route 19, Dutilh Road. By 1986, more expansion plans were being considered by Dutilh Church. However, on February 10, 1986, an arsonist, who was never found, set fire in the sanctuary and the church completely burned to the ground. Services were moved to the ballroom of the Sheraton Northwest until a new church could be constructed. Previous building plans were scrapped, and a new church building was designed for the existing site. Ground breaking ceremonies were held September 7, 1986. The current building was dedicated on September 24, 1988. In November of 2011, a lighted steeple was added to help us become a beacon at the crossroads of the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-76) and I-79.