Just northeast of the town of Beavertown, PA, revival broke out in February 1932. The location was a little brick schoolhouse near Dreese’s Covered Bridge. Nelson Walter had been to the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Middleburg for revival meeting and heard the evangelistic team of Daniel Dubendorf and William Straub. He was impressed with their preaching and their emphasis on the message of entire sanctification. This Bible message had once been strongly preached in the Methodist Episcopal and Evangelical United Brethren Churches of the area but had been waning in emphasis and experience. Mr. Walter invited the men to his town to evangelize. When they consented to come, he searched the area for a suitable location and found the empty schoolhouse. The public school board members reluctantly agreed to allow the religious services to proceed.
From the first service, God honored the preaching ministry of Dubendorf and Straub and the singing ministry of the Dubendorf family. The meetinghouse was so crowded that many were forced to stand outside and look through the windows. The people were so hungry for God that they lined the altars seeking to be saved and sanctified. Many in the community felt the services were “off the deep end” and attended out of curiosity, to laugh and ridicule and even disrupt, but upon arriving at the meeting, they were struck with old-time conviction and were gloriously saved. Many of the people knew little of a salvation experience and much less concerning the work of sanctification, so Rev. Straub and Rev. Dubendorf preached regeneration until they felt the people were ready to receive the message of holiness, then by divine direction, they preached sanctification. Rev. Marlin Hain, in describing those early services, said, “The Beavertown area was an open field.” It seemed to be the time for God to do something great in the area. The meetings were marked with rejoicing and shouting and victory! The results were long lasting as men and women quit their old habits and families changed the courses of their lives.