Rev. Dr. Stephen Heinzel-Nelson

Senior Pastor

Pastor Stephen and his family moved to Allentown in 1997 and he has been the Senior Pastor of APC ever since. Originally from Wilmington, Delaware; Stephen served two churches in Florida prior to returning to New Jersey where he graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary in 1985. Stephen and his wife Liz are partners in life and ministry, working together to serve the church, community and world. They are the proud parents of four grown children; Jem, Clay, Terra and Jordan. In 2008 the Heinzel-Nelsons lived in Malawi, Africa and co-founded Villages in Partnership, a nonprofit organization lifting thousands out of poverty in one of the poorest countries in the world. Stephen preaches with passion, follows the Phillies and Packers, plays golf poorly and loves APC.

Our Church VISION

Our vision is to be a dynamic, inter-generational community of faith where an ever increasing number of people from diverse cultural backgrounds are called to fully embrace a relationship with Jesus Christ.

With God as our foundation, and with respect and appreciation for our rich history, we aspire to provide excellent, relevant ministries with the goal of becoming a teaching church, for us and others.

This would happen through energetic worship that engages the senses, bringing us into the presence of God;

  • building relationships with and lifting the burdens of the poor in our midst and around the world;

  • finding opportunities for spiritual growth regardless of where we are on the spiritual journey;

  • using all of our God-given gifts to build the Kingdom;

  • and embracing the joy and practice of generosity including time, talents and money in every aspect of life.

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