From Lehigh Presbytery News

Hundreds filled the sanctuary on Sunday March 4, 2018, as more than 35 clergy processed to begin the installation service of the Reverend J.C. Austin as pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. The afternoon was filled with smiles and tears of joy as members and friends celebrated a new beginning for this historic congregation. A special guest from Louisville Kentucky was Laurie Griffith representing the Office of the Stated Clerk, PCUSA. Former FPCB pastor Rev. Dr. Tom Tewell, founder of the Macedonian Ministries, Atlanta GA, delivered the sermon “Balcony People”, reminding each of us about the quiet saints, role models and mentors who have affected our lives.

Others participating included the Rev. Stephen Emick, the Rev. Susan Tindall, the Rev. Keith Brown, the Rev. Carol Brown, Elder Susan Farber, the Rev. Dave Duquette, Elder Joanne Kelhart, and Elder Marsha Heimann. Alexander “Pat” Dyer presented the congregation’s gift to J.C., a set of stoles.

J. C. was also presented with the Rev. Dr. Lloyd Ogilvie’s most recent book, which the former FPCB pastor had signed with a special message. Special music was provided by the Chancel Choir, under the direction of David Macbeth, and the Hill to Hill Brass Quintet.

J.C. Austin was drawn to First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem because “it is a rare opportunity to work with an historic congregation that is re-inventing itself for faithful and effective ministry in the twenty-first century, using that history as a foundation for the future rather than an anchor to the past.”

J.C.’s mother as well as his wife Tammy and son Liam greeted guests at the reception in the Fellowship Hall.

The Chancel Choir and Hill to Hill Brass ensemble.

Rev. Keith Brown, former Senior Pastor at FPCB.

The Rev. Dr. Tom Tewell