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 Pennsylvania Ave.

Allentown, PA 18109-3187

 

Phone: 610-865-3603

 

For general inquiries,

please email the Administrative Asst.

saec@ptd.net

 

Or use our contact form.

WEEKLY SERVICES

8 AM and 10:30 AM on Sundays

All are welcome!

All are welcome

Christian Formation: Every Sunday  9:15 AM in the Harry Large Room!

Why did Jesus happen when he happened? Why the confluence of the Baptism movement of John and the Kingdom movement of Jesus? Why the tiny villages around the Lake? Why the confrontations in Jerusalem? Why then? Why there?   

What were the priorities of Jesus' proclamation of the Kingdom? How was the status quo of Roman imperial theology subverted by this obscure Galilean whose message continues to indict empire today?

First Light is a 12-session DVD and web-based study of the historical Jesus and the Kingdom of God with two of the world's leading Jesus scholars (John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg) on location throughout the Galilee and Jerusalem.

Office Hours

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

 

However, if you leave a an email or phone message at any time, we will get back to you as soon as possible.

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Ministers of the Parish

The Rt. Rev. Kevin Nichols

Bishop

 

The Rev. T. Scott Allen

Rector

 

The Rev. Dr. R. Jane Williams

Assisting Priest

 

The Rev. John Marcantonio,

Assisting Pries

 

The Rev. Abraham Valaith

Assisting Priest

 

Sandy Evans

Organist/ Choir Director

 

Mark Shipman,

Finance Committee Chair

 

Marlene Yocum,

Administrative Assistant

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