A Brief History of Kiski Valley Assembly of God
It was the vision of Paul Drost, then Senior Pastor of New Life Assembly of God, to see an Assembly of God church planted in the Leechburg area. Pastor Chuck King, Associate Pastor of New Life Assembly, began to hold meetings at the Seventh Day Adventist Church outside of Leechburg in 1989. After a period of months, it was decided a full-time pastor was needed to plant this new work. At about the same time, Greg McKim contacted Paul Drost asking him to be praying for direction. Greg felt he was to help start a new church somewhere in the United States. He did not know at that time that New Life was looking for a pastor to plant the new church.
Greg McKim was asked to be the interim pastor of the new work. He agreed and soon his family moved into the Ford City area and began to conduct regular services at the Adventist church. Greg McKim then decided to commit to stay and pastor the church, now called Kiski Valley Assembly of God. After much prayer and investigating Pastor McKim found the first of our present three buildings in downtown Leechburg. The old Lombardi Furniture store was purchased and then remodeled, mostly by volunteers from New Life A/G, into a sanctuary and Sunday School area on the first floor and a three bedroom apartment on the second floor, used to house the McKim family. At the time the first building was purchased, September of 1989, Kiski Valley A/G consisted of three families.
In a short time this young church had grown from three to about ten families and decided to purchase the building next door, formerly The Colonial Shop. Through Faith Promises by the people of KVAG the monthly payment needed to cover the mortgage and utilities was provided. When KVAG began, New Life A/G had been taking care of the monthly bills. In just six months of being in our own building KVAG had taken over all our own financial obligations.
The church continued to grow and in June of 1991, Kiski Valley Assembly of God was declared a sovereign Assembly of God church. We soon needed more Sunday school space, so the McKim family moved into a house in Leechburg, freeing their apartment to be used.
In the Fall of 1995, negotiations began to purchase the old Palace Theater, then Smith’s Auction House. In February of 1996 our third building was purchased and major remodeling began. In March of 1997, we had our first services in our present sanctuary.
Pastor Todd Pugh became pastor in the fall of 1998, when Greg McKim resigned to become an A/G U.S. Missionary. KVAG’s first vision statement was adopted in 2000. This focus brought growth as it is stated goals were pursued. The statement was adapted in 2005, and "Connecting people to the life changing power of God" defines our current statement.