About Our History
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church began as a
mission, a new church development, of the Presbytery of Columbus (now
Presbytery of Scioto Valley) in October, 1962, and was formally
organized as a self-governing congregation on March 10, 1963, with 118
The congregation took its name
from Jesus’ disciple Andrew, one of the first disciples called by
Christ. Andrew, in turn, brought his brother Peter to Jesus. Known
after the Resurrection as an evangelist and missionary, Andrew was
martyred for his faith and crucified on an X-shaped cross (“saltire”).
Andrew is the patron saint of Scotland and Russia.
In its formative months, the
fledgling congregation met for worship and education in Forest Park
Elementary School. The church has had three installed pastors in its
history: The Rev. G. Terry Bard, founding pastor (1962—1969), the
Rev. Howard C. Dhonau (1969—1992) The Rev. Phyllis A. Heffner