Latrobe Worship & Service Center
1420 Ridge Avenue
Office Hours: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM Monday through Friday (Closed for Lunch 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM)
Soon after beginning his ministerial career in England in 1852, William Booth abandoned the concept of the traditional church pulpit in favor of taking the gospel of Jesus Christ directly to the people. Walking the streets of London, he preached to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute.
When fellow clergymen disagreed with Booth’s unconventional approach, he and his wife Catherine withdrew from the church to train evangelists throughout England. The couple returned to the East End of London in 1865, where many followers joined their fight for the souls of lost men and women. Within 10 years, their organization, operating under the name “The Christian Mission," had over 1,000 volunteers and evangelists.
Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among their first converts to Christianity. And soon, those converts were also preaching and singing in the streets as living testimonies to the power of God.
When Booth read a printer's proof of the 1878 “Christian Mission” annual report, he noticed the statement "The Christian Mission is a volunteer army." Crossing out the words "volunteer army," he penned in "Salvation Army." From those words came the basis of the foundation deed of The Salvation Army.
From that point onward, converts became soldiers of Christ and were known then, as now, as Salvationists. They launched an offensive throughout the British Isles that, in spite of violence and persecution, converted 250,000 Christians between 1881 and 1885. Their message spread rapidly, gaining a foothold in America and soon after Canada, Australia, France, Switzerland, India, South Africa, Iceland, and Germany.
Today, The Salvation Army is active in virtually every corner of the world and serves in over 100 countries, offering the message of God’s healing and hope to all those in need.
Our Pastors Captain Chris Blessing and Captain Jenn Blessing have a desire to serve those in need. Over their lifetime, they have been all over the country because each of their family’s evangelistic ministry, mission trips and opportunities through The Salvation Army. They have seen service to others defined in numerous ways over the years. Is it intelligence? Is it ability? Is it financial? Authority? Is it meant only for a chosen few who rise up, or is there a different story?
With each having over three decades of ministry , service and most importantly, real-life experience, their views are presented a bit differently. Chris appreciates and shares with listeners, that service is a moment-to-moment choice and not about title, tenure, wealth, education or position. Service is for everyone, everyday; it’s how we should live our life.
The Captains were married in 2002 and together they share their home with their dog Bauer.
Captains Blessing have been Salvation Army Officers for 15 years. Prior to that, Captain Chris worked in food management, restaurant management and a youth pastor. Captain Jenn worked in food service, a deli-person and youth pastor.
Captains Chris and Jenn both share a passion for music, spending time together, with their dog and enjoy sampling different teas from around the world. Captain Jenn enjoys reading, making cards and a good board game. Captain Chris is a fire department chaplain for the City of Latrobe as well as an active firefighter.
The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.
We believe that the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments were given by inspiration of God, and that they only constitute the Divine rule of Christian faith and practice.
We believe that there is only one God, who is infinitely perfect, the Creator, Preserver, and Governor of all things, and who is the only proper object of religious worship.
We believe that there are three persons in the Godhead – the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost, undivided in essence and co-equal in power and glory.
We believe that in the person of Jesus Christ the Divine and human natures are united, so that He is truly and properly God and truly and properly man.
We believe that our first parents were created in a state of innocency, but by their disobedience they lost their purity and happiness, and that in consequence of their fall all men have become sinners, totally depraved, and as such are justly exposed to the wrath of God.
We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ has by His suffering and death made an atonement for the whole world so that whosoever will may be saved.
We believe that repentance towards God, faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, and regeneration by the and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe in the immortality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked.
Holy Spirit, are necessary to salvation.
We believe that we are justified by grace through faith in our Lord Jesus Christ and that he that believeth hath the witness in himself.
We believe that continuance in a state of salvation depends upon continued obedient faith in Christ.
We believe that it is the privilege of all believers to be wholly sanctified, and that their whole spirit and soul and body may be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We believe in the immorality of the soul; in the resurrection of the body; in the general judgment at the end of the world; in the eternal happiness of the righteous; and in the endless punishment of the wicked.
Dinner with Jesus invites us to take a seat at the table with Jesus as He engages us over meals in New Testament history. We learn how to model the grace and compassion of Jesus as we reach out to modern day “tax collectors and untouchables.” We discover how meaningful worship, praying in expectation, and learning from failure will fuel our spiritual growth.
Join us as we finish out a morning of fellowship and celebration with our Easter celebration service! Take part in energetic songs and an engaging message. Refresh your Spirit as you spend time with others on their Faith Journey!
7:00 PM: In A Bind Bookclub– 2nd & 4th Mondays
7:30 PM: Momentum Men’s Group– Last Saturday
6:00 PM: YA (Young Adult) Group– Last Saturday
6:00 PM: FUSE Teens & Young Adults– Last Sunday
10:30 AM: Axis Coffeehouse
11:00 AM: Worship Service
12:30 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM: Orange Sunday School
2:15 PM Forte’ Music School
7:15 PM: Drama Group
4:30 PM: Kindling Kids Activities
6:00 PM: Troops
Moonbeams (Pre-k & K)
Sunbeams (Girls Grades 1-5)
Girl Guards (Girls Grades 6-12)
Explorers (Boys Grades 1-4)
Ranger Cadets (Boys Grades 5-8)
Rangers (Boys Grades 9-12)
12:00 PM: Women’s Home League
6:00 PM: LEARN.LIFE.LEAD Groups
At the Latrobe Salvation Army we know that it can be intimidating to visit a church for the first time. That is why we love to make our guests feel welcome and at home. When you visit us, you will be greeted at the door by one of our friendly members. Our Guest Services kiosks are staffed by friendly people who love to help you out in any way that they can. It is also a great place to ask questions and find out more about The Latrobe Salvation Army Church. You can also stop by our Axis Coffeehouse before our services for a free cup of coffee, free pastry or you can purchase from our list of specialty drinks.
You will notice we have no dress code. You will see a wide variety from Salvation Army uniforms, suits and ties, to jeans. Just come as you are. Our main desire is that you will feel comfortable. Our church family is as diverse as our style of dress. The Latrobe Salvation Army Church is a life-giving and multi-generational church where people of all races, backgrounds and walks of life come together to worship, grow in their relationship with God and discover authentic relationships.
Our celebrations are about 75 minutes long and include a dynamic and passionate time of worship through a variety of music styles. Pastors Captain Chris and Captain Jenn Blessing teach the Bible as a relevant, simple, yet engaging style. Their messages pertain to everyday life and are designed to provide insight to help people, whether new to faith or well-seasoned, deal with real life issues. You will notice that The Latrobe Salvation Army Church is contemporary, upbeat and fun, but more importantly, we are a Christ-centered Church.
BUILDING MAINTENANCE: Helping to keep our facility ready to serve our community.
LIGHTHOUSE LUNCH: Preparing and serving meals to those in our community.
PROJECT BUNDLE-UP: Help a child, teen or senior citizen shop for new winterwear.
RED KETTLE CAMPAIGN: Ring a bell or host an Online Red Kettle to help raise funds to meet the needs of our annual budget.
TREASURES FOR CHILDREN: Get a tag for a child and shop according to their wish list. You can also join in our toy shop where we prepare the gifts for distribution.
ONE EIGHT CREW: Helping those in need, in our community, through acts of service. From shoveling walks, transportation, shopping to helping move to a new home, One Eight Crew aims to serve those who are physically unable to meet the demand.
LEAGUE OF MERCY: Our league of mercy visits those who are in hospitals, nursing facilities or shut-in their homes.
FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE: As funding and resources are available we provide assistance with rent, utilities and furniture. Working along-side partner agencies, we gather resources to help those in need.
EMERGENCY FOOD: Our food pantry provides food boxes for those in emergency situations.
PROJECT BUNDLE-UP: Ages birth to 18 and 62 & up can be eligible for assistance with winterwear.
TREASURES FOR CHILDREN/HOLIDAY ASSISTANCE: Eligible community members can receive toys and a holiday food box.
LIGHTHOUSE LUNCH: Every Wednesday, at noon, a meal is provided for those who are in need of nourishment or a place for good conversation and fellowship.
Thank you for getting in touch with us. We look forward to getting to know you better! To get you to the person who can best serve you, here are some of the areas we connect people to most frequently:
Call our office, at (724)-537-6300, between 9am and 4pm, Tuesday through Friday for help with Rent, utilities, furniture or food. (or email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Need prayer? Call our office at (724)-537-6300, come to our facility and write it on our prayer wall or email email@example.com
PASTORS & CHURCH LEADERS:
|Captain Christopher Blessing, Commanding Officer||(724) 537-6300|
|Captain Jennifer Blessing, Commanding Officer||(724) 537-6300|
|Justin Hayes, Membership Development Coordinator|
|Sergeant Donna Schwartz, Guest Services|
|Sgt. Major Melanie Miller, Young People's Sergeant Major|
|Kymmie Cottom, Elementary Student Ministry Lead||724-261-2852|
|Brandy Reese, Community Advocate Ministries Lead||267-318-1534|
|Emily Shoultz, Jr/Sr High Student Ministry Lead|
Updated: March 9, 2020