• Calvary Chapel
  • Calvary Chapel
  • Calvary Chapel
  • Calvary Chapel
  • Calvary Chapel

Who We Are

It is the mission of Calvary Chapel and the Church of the Transfiguration to witness to Jesus Christ in worship, study, fellowship and care for our community and world.

The Episcopal Churches on the Mountain are home to Calvary Chapel, located at 13318 Mentzer Gap Road, Beartown/Waynesboro, PA and the Church of the Transfiguration located at 13646 Summit Ave, Blue Ridge Summit PA

Please join us for either service Sunday morning.

Calvary Chapel celebrates Holy Eucharist at 9:00am (Sunday School meets at the same time on the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Sundays. Our youth lead Eucharist on the 4th Sunday of each month.)
The Church of the Transfiguration celebrates Holy Eucharist at 10:30am.
The Reverend Canon John McDowell, Officiant






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Our Services

Service Times

  • 09:00am - Holy Eucharist
  • 09:00am - Sunday School
  • 10:00am - Service
  • 08:00pm - Christmas Eve Service at the Church of th Transfiguration
  • 09:00am - Christmas Day Service at Calvary Chapel


The Reverend Canon John McDowell

The Reverend Canon John McDowell

Who is Papa John? A PASTOR who listens with gentleness and sensitivity, caring deeply and lovingly for all people, and committed to helping us minister both to each other and the wider community, with an ever growing measure of God's love. PREACHER & LITURGICAL LEADER who strives in his sermons to elicit both an intellectual and emotional response that leads to people choosing to take another step toward participation in the Kingdom. Sermons are rooted in the Bible, experiences of members of the congregation, and contemporary issues. EDUCATOR who challenges, supports and hones souls. For thirteen years the instructor for a Diocesan course for those who felt a call to ministry, he both directed and mentored both lay and clergy internships. ADMINISTRATOR who for thirteen years oversaw the Diocesan budget, staff of ten, and trust portfolio. More important, “I am concerned for people. I seek to have us look at the gifts we have, the challenges before us, and -- looking ten or more years down the road – and intentionally addressing the issues that lurk ahead.” OUTREACH LEADER who believes that all of our hopes, dreams, pastoral and prophetic intimations must find effective, concrete expressions of ministry to and with all people – and especially those who are poor, needy, and marginalized. Usually this is most effectively accomplished in collaboration with others of good will in an area. His academic preparation included: the Milton Hershey School, Hershey (1960), Dickinson College, Carlisle, BA (1964), Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria VA, M.Div. (1971), and Lutheran Seminary, Gettysburg, PA (1980-1982, D.Min. studies). As an Episcopal priest he has served at: Christ Church, Winchester VA (’68-’69); Chaplain at St. Luke’s Hospital, Houston TX (’69-’70); St. Patrick’s, Washington DC (’70-’71); Emmanuel, Southern Pines, NC (’71-’71); Prince of Peace, Gettysburg, PA (’73-’82); Canon to the Ordinary, Central PA (’82-’95); St. James the Less, Ashland, VA (’96-’06); Gettysburg, PA (Interim: 2007); and All Saints’, Hershey PA (Interim: ’08-’09). And now with the Churches on the Mountain since October 2010. Of course one cannot mention Father John without thinking of his beautiful wife, Hatty. They have been happily married for 42 years, have three lovely daughters and six super grandchildren!


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  • Lisa
    What a wonderful, comfy, cozy, welcoming church. Tucked in 'Beartown", right off the Appalachian Trail, our parishoners come from Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Hanover, Carlisle, Blue Ridge Summit and Waynesboro, We are blessed with a small but mighty congregation and feel so fortunate to worship with our Rector the Rev. Canon John McDowell.
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