Come together to worship God, to give thanks for His unending love for us shown in Jesus Christ, and to reach out to love our neighbors.
Although not a large membership church, Poke Run is involved in several outreaches, community service and missionary work endeavors. Become actively involved to the extent you desire and have a voice in all church matters.
Poke Run has been a faith community since before George Washington became our first President. You are welcome to join us in our third century of Christian fellowship.
Our worship services encompass the full range of biblical readings, pastoral teaching of God’s Word, prayer, music and communion.
Children are enthusiastically welcome to worship services and Sunday school education.
Session (Elders) – Leaders elected & ordained by the congregation to provide direction, oversight and pastoral care to the Poke Run community.
Deacons - Elected & ordained by the congregation to lovingly serve Poke Run members and the at-large communities.
Trustees - Elected by the congregation to serve as a “Board of Directors”. They lead and direct the Poke Run congregation to be good stewards of God’s gifts.
Reverend Pete Goetschius (Pastor Pete) was ordained as a Presbyterian USA Minister in September, 2002; accepting the call to Poke Run in October that same year. Pastor Pete’s life experiences have thoroughly prepared him for the mission of teaching and leading at Poke Run.
Pete graduated from High School in Cumberland, Maryland; he enlisted in the Air Force and served his country for 7 years; 2 of them in Vietnam. He achieved the rank of Staff Sergeant. He then worked in industry, mostly with Hercules Inc. During this time, he earned a BS degree in Mathematics and felt the calling and found the opportunity to serve as a lay Pastor at two Presbyterian churches for about 11 years. Pete’s family background is rich in preaching and teaching.
Pete met his wife Karen in High School. They have two daughters, a son, and an extended family that includes grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Pastor Pete believes in strengthening his mind and body. He routinely exercises at home and as a member of Tantrum Fitness, also participating annually in the CrossFit Open. Pastor Pete is an insatiable reader, primarily religious books with an emphasis on the Holy Bible; but he also strives to be current with the world because he recognizes the importance of understanding the what’s and why’s of modern culture and the world’s response.
Poke Run is formed on the foundation that the Bible is God’s truth, and Pastor Pete emphasizes preaching Biblical messages, focusing on explaining, not changing the message in today’s language and cultural contexts.
Poke Run has three choirs. The Traditional Choir leads the congregation in song, as well as sings an anthem weekly. The Bell Choir plays the prelude at the beginning of the service on a regular basis. The Praise Band helps to produce good congregational singing with praise songs on the last Sunday of each month.
Sean O'Neil is the Music Director. In addition to being the organist, he directs the traditional and hand bell choirs as well as the praise band. Sean's objective is to worship God and bring the congregation closer to the Lord through the power of music. He/she who sings, prays twice.
Sean received a degree in Music Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Masters degree from Boston University. Sean is employed at Valley High School where he teaches concert and show choirs. He is also the Assistant Director of the marching band and vocal director for the Drama Club's musicals.
Linda Moorhead is the 8:30 service musician. Linda, her husband Jim, and their son Michael are lifetime members of the Washington Township community.