Our Story

Allison Park Church began with a woman named Arlene, who began praying for a new church to be planted in the North Hills of Pittsburgh in the early 1950s. A small group of ladies wrote to 18 different denominations asking them to consider starting a new church in an old church building that was available on Duncan Ave.

At the time, Pastor William Bailey, was the lead pastor at Evangelistic Temple on the North Side. He responded to their letter and began holding home Bible studies with these ladies, in the spring of 1966. By fall, services were held on Sundays at the Odd Fellows Lodge.

Our Pastors

In 1968, William’s son, D. Ronald Bailey became Allison Park Church’s first senior pastor. He continued as the lead pastor at Allison Park Church until early in 1991, when he resigned to take a new assignment in California.

At that time, Jeff Leake had been an associate on the APC staff, and the congregation invited Jeff to officially become the new lead pastor at Allison Park Church. He and his wife Melodie have served in this capacity ever since.

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our growth

In 1973, our first permanent building was constructed at 2201 Duncan Avenue. The congregation outgrew this facility and in 1978, the property at 2326 Duncan Avenue was acquired, and a new ministry center was opened in 1979.

By 1996, the congregation had once again outgrown the facility, and Pastor Jeff was seeking God about a solution. God challenged him, “Will you put MY problem first?” God’s burden that he placed on Pastor Jeff’s heart was for the thousands of people in the greater Pittsburgh area, where there were many communities without a life-giving church.

God reminded Pastor Jeff of Matthew 6:33, a verse that has become a part of our mission as a church: “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you as well.” Based on that prayer session, APC set and accomplished a goal to parent one new church a year for five years in five Pittsburgh communities. During this season of planting, seven neighboring property owners suddenly expressed interest in selling their land to APC. In August of 2005, APC moved into a new ministry center with more parking and a larger auditorium, which still serves as the location for the Hampton Campus.

Our Multiplication

Since then Allison Park Church has grown to more than twice the size of its 1996 congregation. APC currently holds six services every weekend and has three campus locations. The Deer Lakes campus was established in September of 2012, and the grand opening of the Ambridge campus was in March of 2015. APC is also actively engaged in global missions, community outreach, and has vibrant children’s and student’s ministries.

We have also never stopped church planting. In 2011, God gave pastor Jeff the assignment to plant 100 churches in 10 years in the Northeast region of the United States–launching the Reach Northeast church planting network. In 2016, we reached this goal of planting 100 churches in only five years!

Our Future

As we have been faithful to “seek first the Kingdom of God,” God will be faithful to fulfill the second half of that verse “and all these things will be added to you as well.” This year we plan to add additional services and campuses to continue to serve the Pittsburgh region. Additionally, we plan to launch 100 new small groups and ministries from within our congregations. We are also expanding our global impact through our Kingdom Builders initiative– in which we have a goal to give one million dollars to 15 projects around the world, and to send individuals and missions teams on more than a dozen local, regional, and global trips.