Peckville Assembly of God
It was on December 27, 1916, that Rev. William Couzens and a faithful few organized the work that was begun by his wife, Sis. Couzens, and her sister. The two women had shared the good news of the gospel from a stray animal shed but were ready to begin an established church at the home of George Moules at 443 Brook St. Peckville. This work was known as the First Pentecostal Tabernacle of the Assembly of God of Peckville
Throughout its history, Peckville Assembly of God has been blessed with Spirit anointed leadership of pastors and leaders who have followed the vision of God to proclaim the gospel and make disciples.
Peckville Assembly of God has been characterized by many revivals during which the presence of God has been shown in salvations, healings and miracles. From 1928 when a young people’s revival lasting six weeks brought forth physical miracles, lives changed and many new souls added to the church the early tent meetings in the 20‘s – 40‘s to others in the pursuing years with revivalists and teachers that lasted into early morning hours In recent years, revival services with Deon Hockey, Tiff Shuttlesworth, Jonathan Shuttelsworth, Jeff Beacham to name a few have brought thousands to come into the presence of God.
Evangelism of “winning the lost” has always been a priority for PAG from the early days of the “gospel car” that would go to homes and bring people to church to the larger church bus driven by Harold Case and Boyd that carried many men, women and children to the church for services and Sunday School and Vacation Bible Schools. Media evangelism came into focus in the 1940’s and 1950’s as Rev. and Mrs. David Berquist initiated a Full Gospel Radio Broadcast with the choir led by Mrs. Martha Case carried the message of salvation and choir music to many homes continuing until 1986. From the early years, with Harvey Wagner being the first missionary from PAG , foreign missions has been a focus for Peckville Assembly of God through giving, missions conventions, and missions trips to Mexico, Haiti, Hawaii, and individuals going on personal missionary ventures throughout the world. In the new Rt. 6 complex, media evangelism was entering a new frontier with a website, live webcasts, television programs throughout several countries, as well as the new complex offering opportunity for full theatrical drama productions, Celebrate Freedom – July 4th outreaches with fireworks, car shows, Kidz evangelism of Family Festivals, Harvest outreaches, fireworks and Easter Egg Hunts and a whole new venue for Christian concerts such as “Mercy Me” in 2008 with over 1,000 in attendance to be followed by artists such as “Newsboys”, Kari Jobe, and others.
Ministry to the body of Christ has helped the church grow spiritually as the numbers increased. In the 1960’s, Rev. and Mrs. Samuel Clutter had a vision to increase the Sunday School and added a new addition to the site for classrooms and nursery. The Sunday School for “all ages” provided a solid Biblical foundation for spiritual growth as well as Christ’s Ambassadors (CA’s) youth group. men’s and women’s ministries, Royal Rangers and Missionettes, Sunday Sch. Vacation Bible Schools, Children’s church and “Extreme Youth on Fire”. Discipleship continues at PAG with many of the same ministries as well as KIDZ STEET Ministry, Small Group Ministry, Revolution Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry as well as many service ministries.
Knowing that we are created to worship God, Peckville Assembly of God has always given a prominent place to worship in music, song and manifestations of spiritual gifts. PAG has hosted several worship conferences attended by many throughout the Northeast PA as well as worship concerts.