Pleasant View celebrates 245 years

Pleasant View Church of the Brethren building, Jefferson, Maryland

Pleasant View Church of the Brethren near Burkittsville, Md., celebrated its 245th anniversary on Aug. 15. Tim May is the congregation’s pastor.

A Sunday service was planned to initiate festivities leading up to the church’s 250th anniversary in 2026, with descendants of the founding members as special guests.

An article in the Frederick News Post reviewed the congregation’s history, tracing the movement of the congregation’s ancestors “from Pennsylvania into Middletown Valley by 1740. The valley reminded them of their German homeland, and they settled at Big Oak Spring, which is now Burkittsville. Wanting to organize a church, about 20 families met on Aug. 15, 1776, under a large white oak on the Daniel Arnold farm just south of Burkittsville. They formed the Broad Run German Baptist Church, named for the everflowing stream, Broad Run…. About 150 years ago, the ancestors of the Broad Run congregation built a church and named it Pleasant View.” Find the full article at

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