Mt. Nittany UMC
Our History: Mt. Nittany Spanning the Years
Mt. Nittany United Methodist Church has local roots reaching back to the late 1800s. Today, Mt. Nittany church has a growing congregation of about 800 which serves God with a sense of mission and doors open to all.
Beginning in the 1970s with help for Brooklyn, N.Y.’s indigent, the people of Mt. Nittany have reached out to Native Americans of the southern U.S., Mississippi hurricane victims, and Mexican peoples with hands-on building and repair projects. Here at home, church members have helped folks in our own community with “fix-up/clean-up” projects around their homes. The church also supports the work of Interfaith Human Services, Women’s Resource Center, and Food Bank, among others, with service and contributions.
A free community dinner on Thanksgiving Day, space for blood drives and voting, a pre-school, and public meeting rooms help make Mt. Nittany an integral part of our town.
It started more than 100 years ago with neighboring congregations of Evangelical United Brethren and Methodists along what is now Mt. Nittany Road in Lemont. Fast forward to 1964 when the Lemont Methodist Church bought land along Branch Road and erected an education building and fellowship hall, consecrated in 1968. Four years later, the E.U.B. and Methodists joined as the Mt. Nittany United Methodist Church. A sanctuary was built in 1981 and expansion and upgrades have made church facilities what they are today.
The Reverend Edward Preston has served as pastor of Mt. Nittany since July 2012.