About Us


Pastor Gary Chorpenning

Rev. Gary Chorpenning joined us in August 2013.
He and wife Meg have three children: Faith, David, and Grace.  Previously serving in Ohio and New York, Gary has welcomed his return to the Pittsburgh area where he has roots. We look forward to seeking what the Lord has for us together with Pastor Gary.

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

Follow Gary on his blog: http://gachorpenning.wordpress.com


Amanda Leavitt

Amanda, our Director of Next Generation Ministries, joined the staff of Venice in October 2016.

She has a youth ministry degree from Philadelphia Biblical University and previous experience in youth ministry locally.  Amanda is excited to begin her ministry at Venice.

She and husband Greg make their home in McDonald with dog Lily, and three hens - Hattie, Olive, and Amiga.


Jess Golden

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

Cheryl Smith

Cheryl has been the Treasurer at Venice Church since November of 1998.

Erin Connors

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

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.

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.