The United Church of Christ is dedicated to making churches safe for all. In order to do so there has been a safe church policy implemented throughout all local churches to protect children and give parents piece of mind. For more on the "Safe Church Policy" visit the website.
For our Christian Education program we have professional, paid teachers and also have access to a resource teacher for children with special needs.
Rev. Dr. Laurene Bowers
Pastor Laurene accepted the call to be the Lead Pastor of Christ Church beginning January 1, 2018.
She came to us after serving for seven years as the Conference Associate Minister for Penn Central Conference where she worked with the leadership of two hundred congregations to design a plan for vitality. Having served as pastor of four congregations in New England over twenty-five years, her passion is assisting Christians to put their faith into practice and converting seekers to Christianity. She is the author of several books on church growth: Transformative Worship (2017), The God beyond Organized Religion (2016), Invitational Ministry (2014) Designing Contemporary Congregations (2008) and Becoming a Multicultural Church (2006). Pastor Laurene holds five masters degrees and two doctorates and has been on the faculty at Quincy College, Andover-Newton Theological Seminary and Dickinson College.
Laurene is an avid quilter and long distance runner. She is married to Kent Rhodehamel who is also a pastor and they have three adult children: Christian, married to Kelly, Kyle and Kelyne, married to Majd. They now share their home in Easton with two Maltese dogs, Vashti and Keisha.
Rev. John Kunkel
Pastor John began serving Christ Church in June 2016. He is a graduate of Muhlenberg College (B.A. in Sociology) and the former Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (Masters in Divinity) and was ordained in the former Lutheran Church in America, now the ELCA. Pastor John served congregations in the Hamburg and Nazareth areas.
John is married to Sally Kunkel and they have two adult children, Christopher living in Hoboken, NJ and Michael who resides in Deerfield Beach, FL with his wife, Rachel.
John and Sally enjoy traveling and gardening. With the latter, they love feeding the deer, rabbits, and groundhogs!
Pastor for Mission
Bob Rapp, Jr.
A 2013 Graduate of the Crossroads Lay Leadership Program at Moravian Theological Seminary, Bob first came to Christ Church in the summer of 2016, as a pastoral intern working toward licensed ministry in the UCC Church. Bob currently works full-time as the Outreach Liaison for the Street Medicine Program of the Lehigh Valley Health Network, reaching out to our 'street neighbors' throughout the Lehigh Valley. He serves as Board Vice-Chair of Bethlehem Emergency Shelter as well as Shelter Manager. See our Mission page for his full bio.
David Lee was born in Eastern PA and raised in Bethlehem. His earliest memories include his times at Christ Church; SundaySchool, Summer Bible School, Confirmation, and Youth Events. A graduate of Liberty High School, and then Lehigh University, David maintains a love for the Lehigh Valley, and that church that he has called home for over 35 years. See our youth group page for his full bio.
Minister of Music
Patrick majored in vocal performance and church music studies at Marywood University. He has served as the Director of Music and Religious Coordinator at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church where he was the primary organist and pianist from 2011-2021. Prior to that, he served the worshiping community of St. Anthony's in Easton, PA.
Patrick is married and lives in Bethlehem. He is the proud uncle of four nieces and one nephew. In addition to being at Christ Church, you can also find Patrick at the Olive Garden in Easton, where he is a trainer and front of house supervisor.
Custodian: Tim Ferry