Unity Baptist Church is a living testimony that Christ will build his church.


On September 17, 1808 the church was formally constituted in a local Harlansburg home. A year later, the first church building was constructed out of hewed logs.

As the congregation steadily grew over the next few years, the people needed a new building for corporate worship. And so, in 1850, a brick building was constructed; this building still serves as the worship center at Unity.

Our church has a rich past - where two churches united together in the truth to serve Christ in our community for over two hundred years. And we rejoice in our even richer future, as Christ is building His church here once again.

Our Pastor

"Shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock.

And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory."

 - 1 Peter 5.2-4

  • Zach Dudenhofer - Pastor

    Pastor Zach Dudenhofer began his journey to Unity Baptist in 2004, when he began to attend a local college near his home in rural Western Michigan. There he saw the desperate need of his professors and classmates for Jesus Christ. The Lord used this experience to burden Zach to pursue higher education that would equip him for a full-time pastorate. Pastor Zach received his M.A. and B.A. in pastoral studies from Bob Jones University in Greenville, South Carolina. After graduation, God led him to Western Pennsylvania, where he accepted the call to serve as the senior pastor of Unity Baptist Church in January 2012.


    Pastor Zach's burden is to shepherd fellow believers in their relationship with God through his teaching, biblical counseling, and prayer. His teaching style is characterized by a passionate exegetical approach to Scripture, usually implementing cross-references, in order to assist the listeners in their personal Bible study skills. Also, his preaching often highlights gospel truths and core doctrines that are found in each passage, as well as current ethical issues facing believers today.

    Pastor Zach enjoys playing his guitar, hiking, biking, swimming, reading, and spending time with his family. He and his wife, Chara, and two children, Felix and Ethan, currently reside in Ellwood City, PA.

Our Beliefs

The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Bible is the only inspired Word of God: it is entirely absolute, steadfast, and unchangeable truth, clearly understood through careful study and the illumination of the Holy Spirit.

John 17:17; 2 Timothy 3:16-17

The Triune God
We believe that God is one in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit; these three are coexistent, coeternal, and coequal in divine perfection.

Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14

The Fall of Man
We believe that man, created in the image of God, by voluntary disobedience, fell into sin and depravity, passing on sin's nature and its lethal consequences to all mankind, thereby turning mankind away from their true purpose and joy.

Genesis 1:27; Romans 5:12


The Plan of Redemption
We believe that while we were still sinners, the perfect Son of God took our place, bore our sin in human flesh, and died for us - once for all. By his willing and priceless death, he purchased forgiveness for all who believe in Him and what he has done.

John 3:16; Titus 2:14; 1 Peter 3:24

Salvation by Grace
We believe that salvation is solely by God's grace. No human righteousness, merit or action can contribute to our acceptance of God's love and favor.

Ephesians 2:8-9; Romans 3:24

Acceptance by Repentance and Faith
We believe that upon the act of sincerely repenting over sinfulness and wholehearted dependence on Christ, we are declared by God eternally acceptable through Christ's sacrificial death.

Romans 10:6-13; 1 John 1:9


The New Birth
We believe that the change that takes place the moment of faith is a very real one; that being united in Christ's death and life and being indwelt by the Holy Spirit makes a real difference in life - one is given a new heart, filled with new desires, interests and pursuits.

Romans 6:4-8; 1 Corinthians 5:17; Galatians 2:20

The Christian Life
We believe the will of God at work by the power of the Holy Spirit in those who have been born again is to bear the fruit of righteousness and holiness, and to daily grow stronger in the faith, prayer, love, and service.

2 Corinthians 7:1; Galatians 5:16, 22-24

Baptism and Communion
We believe that immersion in the name of the Father, of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit is an essential part of God's command to share the gospel and make disciples, testifying the sincerity of an individual who has been made spiritually one with Christ - buried with him in baptism, raised again to walk in newness of life.

Romans 6:1-5

We believe that in observing the Lord's Supper we proclaim the Lord's death til he comes again, giving a visual presentation of the gospel; we are partakers in the once-for-all perfect sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:24-26


The End Times
We believe that Christ's second coming to earth is eminent: 1) All believers, both living and dead, will be caught up out of this world to meet Christ; 2) the seven warning years of Tribulation will come; 3) Christ will physically return to the earth in glory with his angels and his saints; 4) Christ will physically rule for a thousand years upon the earth; 5) After Satan's rebellion is crushed and he is thrown forever into the lake of fire, Death, Hades, and every individual who did not trust in Jesus Christ will follow after him into the everlasting fire, the second death; 6) God will create a new heaven and a new earth, in which righteousness dwells

1 Thessalonians 4:16-17, Revelation

The Church
We believe the local church is to be an assembly of called ones, purchased by God with His own blood and divinely called together for the purpose of glorifying and worshiping God. This purpose is achieved through songs of praise, obedience to God's Word, and encouraging one another to engage in love and good works until Christ returns. Through their love, good works, and the proclamation of the gospel, others will come to know Christ and glorify God together with the local assembly.

Colossians 3:16-17; Ephesians 5:18-21; Hebrews 10:24-25



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Our Missionaries

The last command of Jesus to all those who would follow after him was to “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation" (Mark 16:15).

We at Unity Baptist Church take that commission very seriously, and therefore focus on supporting bible-believing church-planting pastors and servants both here at home and around the world.

These are the ministries we currently support:

  • Jim and Denise Arnold

    West Africa

    International Gospel Missions

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  • City Rescue Mission

    New Castle, Pennsylvania

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  • Ann Kontz

    Arizona

    UIM International

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  • John and Karen Lytle

    Latcom

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