Our History & Future
More than a century ago, a young Lutheran pastor named William Alfred Passavant came to Western Pennsylvania to establish communities of faith, hope and care. Empowered by the spirit of God, Dr. Passavant's efforts resulted in the establishment of several churches, numerous care-giving organizations, and the hospital that bears his name to this day.
In that same spirit, Dr. Jay Passavant, W.A. Passavant's great-great grandson, committed with his wife Carol and eight other couples in 1981 to prayerfully pursue a vision for a new type of church in the North Hills. North Way Christian community was founded in 1981. Currently more than 4,000 adults, students and children attend four North Way campuses each week throughout the Pittsburgh region – in Wexford, Oakland, Sewickley Valley, and East End. Each location allows people to build strong relationships within their local community, while experiencing the same great worship and teaching that has been a part of North Way for more than thirty years. In 2011 Pastor Jay transitioned from his role as Senior Pastor to Founding Pastor. Pastor Scott Stevens is now the Lead Pastor.
Pastor Scott is a Pittsburgh native and has been in leadership at North Way since 2002. As Lead Pastor, he directs North Way’s staff and teaching team and helped to establish the church’s strategic vision and future direction. “I love everything Pittsburgh, said Pastor Scott. “Our desire is to be a healthy and growing church that makes a Kingdom Impact in this region.
Now nearly 4,000 people attend North Way campuses throughout Pittsburgh. Each location allows people to build strong relationships within their local community, while experiencing the same great worship and teaching that has been a part of North Way for more than thirty years.
We chose a multi-site approach to reach 1% of the Pittsburgh Region based on the following tenets:
We realized that in the New Testament, it was all about relationships.
What God was saying was, “If you keep caring for people and loving people the way I describe, I’ll keep sending them.”
More than anything, God’s calling us to affect our whole city. He has a heart to see this city reach its potential spiritually.
I’m not ashamed, embarrassed or afraid to say that God might be calling us to lead a renewal - a renaissance of hope - in our city.
Join us as we move along together. Join us as we put faith into action and discern how God wants us to take our next step of faith and really elevate our faith to reach our city and to let our city know that God loves Pittsburgh. He loves every person in Pittsburgh. He has a destiny and a hope and a design for his glory that he is going to bring to pass, if we’ll band together.
Let’s move together in what God has planned for us.
North Way Wexford - North Way Oakland - North Way Sewickley Valley - North Way East End - North Way Dormont
March 1981 - March 2007 - September 2010 - September 2012 - Tentatively May 2014