Our Mission: To follow CHRIST, keep the TRADITION, spread the GOSPEL, worship in UNITY, honoring the SAINTS, seeking the SALVATION of all.
Who We Are: Saints Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in America is a Christian community in the village of Crossingville in Crossingville, Pennsylvania serving believers in the entire Northwestern Pennyslvania area, and the only Orthodox Church in Crawford County. It was founded in 1921 by Slovak farming families, and today we are a growing and multi-ethnic community made up of both cradle and convert Orthodox Christians. Our services are in English and women are encouraged, but not required to cover their heads. We are in a beautiful rural setting but easily accessible from the neighboring cities of Erie to the north and Meadville to the south. Pennwest University is 7 miles from our parish and Allegheny College in Meadville is only 16 miles. We have a very active community life and are always looking for ways to share the Apostolic Faith with the Crawford and Erie county areas. For more information about the area, we recommend Visit Edinboro, Visit Crawford, and Visit Erie.
What does our name mean?
- The parish is named for the Holy Apostles Peter and Paul, which places the church under their spiritual patronage.
- The parish is Orthodox, meaning that it follows the ancient, traditional Christian faith as given by Jesus Christ to His Apostles in 33 A.D., and also making the parish part of the worldwide Orthodox Church.
- The parish is a Church, indicating that its sole purpose is the transformation, healing and salvation of its members, as well as all those whose lives it may touch.
- The parish is American, with an intention to preach, in accordance with God’s will, the fullness of the gospel of the Kingdom to the peoples of North America and to invite them to become members of the Orthodox Church. It is to utilize for her mission the various languages of the peoples of this continent. It is to be the body of Christ in North America and to be faithful to the tradition of the Holy Orthodox Church.