Our History

 

In the early 1950's, the Episcopal Diocese of Bethlehem decided that an Episcopal church should be built in northwest Bethlehem, near the Allentown city line. A home was purchased at 1938 Hilltop Terrace, in a residential area, to serve as the first meeting place. On December 13, 1953, the Venerable Dean Stevenson, Archdeacon of the Diocese, conducted the first service with the Rt. Rev. Frederick J. Warnecke, Bishop of Bethlehem, presiding.

In May 1955, St. Andrew's was accepted as a mission with Edgar Teter as the first vicar. A chapel seating 120 people was completed at the church's current location on Pennsylvania Avenue in October 1957. The Rev. David W. Jones became the vicar. When the mission became a church, Reverend Jones (fondly called Father Jones) was elected by the vestry as the first rector.

A Christian education wing was added in 1967. The sanctuary underwent some remodeling in 1981. The pulpit and altar rails were changed, and the choir was moved to the back of the church. At the same time, a set of beautiful faceted glass windows depicting the life of St. Andrew was installed on the south side. The last major renovation was in 2000 when an elevator was installed.

 

The Rev. Canon Jones retired in August 1992. John Warden served a little over a year and was replaced by the Rev. Canon Gwendolyn-Jane Romeril as rector. She stayed for five years and was a healing presence to our congregation. The Rev. Leslie E. Evans retired as the rector in 2007. 

 

Father Scott Allen joined us in mid-2007 as our new priest. Since then, St. Andrew's has begun a major revitalization of both mission and activities. We are excited to see what plans God has for our congregation!

 

 

A view of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church from Taft Street.
Winter 2011 at St. Andrew's

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St. Andrew's Episcopal Church

1900 E. Pennsylvania Ave.

Allentown, PA 18109-3187

 

For personal assistance, please email Father Scott:

gambaguy@gmail.com 

 

For general inquiries, please email the Church Administrator:

saec@ptd.net

  

Phone: 610-865-3603

 

Or use our contact form.

Weekly Services

St. Andrew's has two services on Sunday: 8 AM and 10:30 AM

 

Christian Formation - Christian education for all ages is held on Sundays from September through May.

 

Education for all begins at 9:15AM

  

All are welcome!

Office Hours

Our office hours are from 9:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

 

However, if you leave a message at any time, someone will get back to you as soon as possible.

Ministers of the Parish

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The Rt. Rev. Sean Rowe,

Bishop Provisional

 

The Rev. T. Scott Allen,

Rector

 

The Rev. Dr. R. Jane Williams,

Assisting Priest

 

The Rev. John Marcantonio,

Assisting Priest

 

The Rev. Abraham Valaith

Assisting Priest

 

Sandy Evans

Organist/ Choir Director

 

Mark Shipman,

Chief Financial Officer

 

Marlene Yocum,

Administrative Assistant

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