In 1970, Edward Donovan, a steel metallurgist at United States Steel, was called by God to have a prayer meeting in his home. While the steel was being formed in the valley, God’s Holy Spirit forged a Christian prayer community on the hill overlooking the mills. Today the mills are gone, but the non-denominational church that grew from that prayer meeting, the Community of the Crucified One, stands as a beacon of light and a living testimony to the power of God for all who pass by.

From this humble beginning, the power of God has transformed that prayer meeting into a complete Christian ministry. The closing of the steel mills has left the city in a state of poverty with countless decrepit buildings. Through the efforts of its membership, our non-denominational church, the Community of the Crucified One, has refurbished many of these buildings for use in the church’s Christian ministry. Like the surrounding buildings, the vision of the Community is renewing many broken and abandoned lives, leading them to the Master Builder, Jesus Christ.

Bishop Edward Donovan was given a vision and this vision is as alive today as it was at the moment of its inception. The vision compels us to go into the highways and by-ways of life and tell all men who will listen that Jesus loves them. When they ask, ‘How do you know? ‘ we point them to the cross and say, ‘Because He died for you. ‘ It is a simple message from the cross and it is a Christian message from which we have never departed. Upon hearing the name of the Community, a Baptist minister once remarked, “If it isn’t the church of the Crucified One, then whose church is it?”