The History of Hillcrest

Hillcrest United Presbyterian Church was formed from a
relocation of the congregation of the First Presbyterian
Church of Turtle Creek in late 1963. As the Lord would
have it, Hillcrest opened its doors at 1622 James Street
in the aftermath of the shooting of President John F.
Kennedy. For a country and local community reeling from
the shock of a brutal assassination and innocence lost,
Hillcrest found its role from the very beginning as a
beacon of healing and hope in the Monroeville area.

Since that time, Hillcrest has grown to meet a wide
variety of community and congregational needs, with
almost 35 programs held throughout the year for all ages.

Hillcrest's new tagline of "A Beacon for Christ in the
Heart of Monroeville" positions the church as a harbinger
of hope for the community at large, with compelling,
Biblical sermons and programs that are relevant to
today's world.

What We Believe

We believe in God the Father almighty, Maker of heaven and earth; in Jesus Christ, the Son of God;
and the Holy Spirit, and that these three are one God, the same in substance, equal in power and glory.
We further believe that:

From the fall of the first man and woman, Adam and Eve, God has been working out a plan of
redemption for humankind. The plan was seen in the covenant with Abraham, the covenant with Moses,
and the covenant with David. It came to fruition with the arrival of Jesus Christ, Who, being the eternal
Son of God, became man and so was, and continues to be, God and man in the two distinct natures,
yet one person forever.

Jesus taught us, loved us, and then died on the cross as atonement for His children - the perfect Lamb
making the perfect sacrifice. After three days He rose again from the dead, appeared to many, and
then ascended into Heaven to prepare a place for all who believe in His death and resurrection. After
He ascended, He sent, as promised, the counselor, the Holy Spirit, to dwell in the hearts of all God's
children, who are drawn to saving faith in Jesus Christ.

He will come again at the consummation of human history to bring out about the New Jerusalem, where
heaven and earth are one, and there will be no more sorrow, and no more tears.
God shared this history with us through the Scriptures. The Scriptures are wholly inspired and reliable
-they are, in fact, God's Word spoken to us. In these Scriptures Jesus, in His mercy, reveals Himself to
His children. He continues to guide and direct our paths, like He did for those at the time of Pentecost,
through the power of the Holy Spirit.

It is through Christ alone that we may have eternal life, not through any work on our part. Through the
Holy Spirit, He continues to work in believers through a process of sanctification, which will not come to
fruition on this earth, but will be complete when we depart this mortal life and meet Jesus face-to-face.
Jesus has given us a foretaste of His glorious return - as well as a chance to experience His presence
in the here and now - through the preaching of His Word, the administration of the sacraments of the
Lord's Supper and Baptism, and the fellowship of Christian community.

Finally, we believe that we are all sinners saved by grace, and that the Church must be a beacon to the
lonely, lost, and hurting in this world. In humility we reach out to love others because He first loved us.