Our History

First Church of the Nazarene has been serving the greater Erie community for over 75 years since its founding in 1938. It began when a group of people who had experienced the joy of coming to know Jesus Christ in a warm, heartfelt, personal relationship during an evangelistic tent crusade wanted to continue to grow in their faith by uniting together as a church. They started meeting in a storefront building in Wesleyville and later purchased their own building at 21st and Wallace Streets in Erie, where they were located until a new church and parsonage were built in 1956 at 26th and German Streets. In 1992, that property was sold to another church and the new church was built at our present location at 5426 Cider Mill Road in the beautiful Belle Valley area of eastern Millcreek Township.

Our Mission 

We are a local church affiliated with the international Church of the Nazarene.

The Church of the Nazarene is a Great Commission church. Our mission is to make Christlike disciples in the nations. In order to contribute to the fulfillment of the worldwide mission of the Church of the Nazarene to make Christlike disciples in the nations, the mission of this local church is to edify, educate, and equip our members to evangelize the lost in our community. We believe that God offers to everyone forgiveness, peace, joy, purpose, love, meaning in life, and the promise of heaven when life is over by entering and experiencing a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are called to take this message to people everywhere.

The Church of the Nazarene is a Protestant Christian church in the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, tracing its roots to an anniversary date of 1908. It was founded to spread the message of scriptural holiness (Christlike living) across the lands. Today the Church of the Nazarene is located in 156 world areas.

The Church of the Nazarene is also a holiness church. We believe that Christians can experience a deeper level of life in which there is victory over sin, power to witness and serve, and a richer fellowship with God, all through the infilling of the Holy Spirit.

Our Vision

With over 26,000 congregations, our vision and mission embraces the entire world. Each local congregation of the Church of the Nazarene is a faith community ready to greet you in Jesus' name. There you will discover opportunities not only to encounter Jesus as your Savior and Lord but also to grow as a follower of Christ through worship, opportunities for serving others, fellowship, and training. We invite you to experience the unique fellowship of the “family” known as First Church of the Nazarene.

For more information about our beliefs and core values, please visit our denominational headquarters website by clicking on this link:

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