The Gettysburg Seventh-day Adventists are overjoyed to have made their final mortgage payment on
their church and fellowship hall buildings, (approximately valued over $1.1 million, at that time),
located on 14 acres at 1495 Biglerville Road, in Gettysburg. The 141-member congregation is ready
to celebrate and is inviting the community to learn their story. A Mortgage Burning event is planned
for Saturday, January 22 nd beginning at 11 AM with guest speaker, Gary Gibbs, President of the
Pennsylvania Conference of SDA. A luncheon reception follows with the Mortgage Burning to be held
at 1:30 PM.
The church has come a long way since the groundbreaking of its second structure on June 4th, 2006.
It was on that day that that anyone with a gold-painted shovel including the youngest, a one-year-old,
Michael Blood, the oldest, 94-year-old, Pastor Terzo and everyone in between, dug up the symbolic
dirt to help lay the foundation. The church was completed Sept 1, 2007, with the dedication on Sept
13 th .2007. The Gettysburg Adventists also have an elementary school which was built on the property
The church has existed in the area since 1944, meeting in the Odd Fellows Hall on Chambersburg
Street. Additionally, they operated a one-room school from 1950 in Mt. Joy Township. In 1952 they
purchased land to build a church at 246 Hanover Street which now houses the Dermatology
Associates practice. The original church was completed in March of 1959.
The church elders will be sharing stories of their rich history at the Mortgage Burning event. The
community is invited to attend in-person or online at www.getsda.org or livestream.com/GBURGSDA