Our Mission Statement

Forks Church is where God lifts up our spirits through creative worship as we build God’s Kingdom.  Come and See.  Come and Grow.  Come and Serve.


Come and See that through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we:

  • Experience the real presence of Christ in our lives. 
  • Make Christ’s presence known through engaging liturgies, uplifting music, and powerful and creative sermons.
  • Acknowledge the grace of God and the power of the Holy Spirit.


Come and Grow in our personal relationships with Jesus Christ, we:

  • Offer an intentional ministry that integrates worship, discipleship, and discovering ways of reaching out to our neighbors.
  • Equip our members to use their spiritual gifts and become servant leaders.
  • Give generously of our time, financial resources, and abilities to build God’s Kingdom.


Come and Serve in the name of Jesus Christ, we:

  • Intentionally develop relationships with others and pray that people we serve will grow in their relationship with God.
  • Serve people in need in our community and around the world as our neighbors.
  • Convey to the people that we serve that God loves them and invite them to come and grow in their relationship with God and Jesus Christ.


Forks Church Interim Pastor Jerry Nuernberger

Forks Church Office:  724-845-6627

Pastor's cell:  605-759-6241

Pastor's email:  illininurn@gmail.com

Pastor's blog:  1johnthreeone.blogspot.com



Forks Church Office Secretary/Activities Director

Sandy Hess

Email: sandy@forkschurch.com

or forkschurch@windstream.net

Office phone:  724-845-6627

Office hours:  Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm


Sandy Hess has been a member of Forks Zion Lutheran Church for 35 years.  During that time, she has been a Sunday School and Vacation Bible School teacher, as well as Director of Vacation Bible School.  She served as Choir Director for approximately 18 years.  She is a current choir member and chairs the Parish Life Committee.

Sandy and her husband Sam have lived in Gilpin Township for the past 37 years.  They raised two sons, Sam and Sean, who both were active members at Forks Church for many years, before moving from the area. 

Sam lives in Chambersburg, PA with his wife, Maegen and their two dogs, Franco and Roxy. 

Sean lives in Fayetteville, NC with his wife, Claire and sons, Braden and Braxton. 

Sandy and Sam enjoy visiting with their family, as often as possible. 

They look forward to the holidays, when everyone is home!



Director, Worship and Music Ministries

Glenna Stitt



Glenna Stitt has been the organist and Choir Dirctor at Forks Zion for the past 13 years. Glenna celebrated 50 years of Musical Ministry in April of 2017.

She began studying piano at age 8 and organ at age 11.  She became organist of St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Vandergrift when she was 13, and served that parish for 35 years. Glenna has lived in Vandergrift all of her life, and currently resides there with her husband Bill and her 6 parrots.  She has one daughter, Michele Craig (Mark) who lives in Worthington, PA.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, fish, and just hanging out with all of her "parrot friends."  Without a doubt, the greatest joy in her life has always been her involvement in church music.  It has been the perfect gift from God that she will be forever grateful for.


Located in the Parish House, across from the church

253 Forks Church Road, Leechburg, PA  15656


Helping those in need with goods and items that the local food bank may not provide.




Next Open date is:



 July 13, 2018

6-8 PM


Please contact us for more information, if you have a need,

or would like to donate.





will meet on July 9

@ 5:30 pm**

at the Parish House


BIBLE STUDY will be once a month during the summer months.
July's Bible Study will be MONDAY, July 9
6:30 PM



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