Our History

The congregation of Baldwin Community grew out of a church school class composed of eight children in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank and Glendora Garman on Baptist Road. The founders of the church school and the leaders in its development were Glendora Garman and Blanche Madden.  To accommodate a church and church school, the program was moved to the Union School in 1945 under the guidance of Dr. Thomas R. Courtice, the congregation's first pastor.  In 1946, the church was organized with a charter membership of eighty-five members under the leadership of Dr. David Jones Wynne. The first unit of the church building was constructed in June 1948, which housed the church and a social hall. A second building, including classrooms for education purposes, was constructed in 1952.  A new sanctuary and social hall was added in 1956.  A completed education wing was dedicated in December 1960. The congregation has been built based on the concept of a community church serving many civic and social community groups. Once fully organized as a Methodist church and from its inception, the church has been a member of the Pittsburgh Annual Conference and later the Western Pennsylvania Conference of The United Methodist Church.