our story

It all started in a hotel in Irwin, PA with less than 200 people. Church was held in a small meeting room and our pastors prayed in a storage room before services. There were often not enough chairs for the service! We quickly outgrew the hotel and moved to a rugged, simple sewing factory in Jeannette, PA. At this location, there was a large garage door that had to stay open in the summer, and the children wore coats and layers of clothing in the winter. Conditions weren't perfect, but once again, Word of Life quickly outgrew yet another place. 

In 1990, our current building was built. It has become a place where over 1,000 people find hope & community. This location allowed our church to grow more than just in numbers. Our building includes several classrooms, a café, a bookstore, a dining hall, a youth center, and a sanctuary that seats around 1,000. 

Word of Life is building forward and continuing to grow, excited for all God has planned!


"Going into it, I didn't know exactly what I would do. But God said He would supply."

-Pastor Tom Walters, founder & Senior Pastor of Word of Life Ministries