About Us

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Pastor Gary Chorpenning

Pastor Gary has been serving as the pastor of Venice Church since 2013.  He has been in pastoral ministry for more than 35 years, serving churches in Pittsburgh, Columbus, OH, and Elmira, NY.  His greatest pleasure in ministry is to lead people into a deep, richer, more personal knowledge of the risen Lord Jesus Christ, through preaching, teaching, small group study, and personal conversation and to help folks live out that relationship with in every area of their lives.  He and his wife, Meg, live in McDonald and have three grown children.  He enjoys working with wood, taking photographs, and fishing.  You can check out his blog at http://gachorpenning.wordpress.com.

If you are in need of pastoral care, or would like to speak with Gary directly, please use his cell phone: 724-531-4481.


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Amanda Leavitt

Amanda, our Director of Next Generation Ministries, has been on staff since 2016. She studied youth ministry at Philadelphia Biblical University where she graduated with a degree in Biblical Studies. She has been serving in youth ministry for more than 10 years. As Director of Next Generation Ministry at Venice Church her heart is to come alongside the church family to help the upcoming generation to know and love Jesus and to grow together to become more like him. Amanda longs to see people know how loved they are by God and to see that love transform their lives and the world around them. 

She and husband Greg make their home in McDonald with their dog Lily. They love to be outside and have all kinds of adventures. 


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Jess Golden

Our Administrative Assistant, Jess Golden, has served on the staff of Venice Church since September 2007.

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Shari O'Rourke

Venice Church is pleased to welcome Shari O'Rourke as our new treasurer.  Shari began working with our former treasurer at the beginning of 2018 and as of February has assumed all duties.

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Erin Connors

Since September 2015, Erin Connors has served as our Music Director - leading our choir and coordinating our music ministry.

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History & Purpose

Venice Presbyterian Church (EPC), and its predecessors known by similar names, has always met in the same general location. Beginning in September of the year 1849 and continuing through to this day, the Church has gathered for worship, ministry, and fellowship activities along Route 50 in the village of Venice, Pennsylvania.

Purpose Statement:
To proclaim Jesus Christ, changing life now and for eternity.

Core Values:
1. Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior
2. Scripture is truth, and is foundational.
3. Always reflect God's love.
4. Use all our resources to glorify God.

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Venice Cemetery

There is a loose relationship between the Church and the adjoining Venice Cemetery. Questions and information regarding Venice Cemetery may best be directed to Venice Cemetery c/o Mr. John Kaufman at 39 Grange Road, McDonald, PA or 724-745-1465.

If you wish to make a donation to be used for the Venice Cemetery, please make checks payable to Venice Church Cemetery Association.