About two years ago, my wife, Kat and I entered a season of prayer—specifically seeking God’s direction for First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem and for our family. We were confident that God asked us to stay through FPCB’s season of denominational discernment and the transition of a new senior pastor. Then, as our church moved into a brand new season with a new denomination and staffing changes, we continued to pray for all of us, and I asked God once again if I am still called to serve at FPC Bethlehem. It has been through much prayer and fasting that we are confident that God is asking us to transition.

Ten Years at FPC Bethlehem

In February of 2006 we could feel that our time of ministry at our local church in Kirkland, Washington was coming to an end. When we received the call to serve in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania we began to wonder how it made any sense. We did not have any family or friends in the Lehigh Valley or surrounding states. We felt a little like Abraham when he was asked to pick up and move everything.


We constantly hear that people don’t like change, yet when I look around change is constant. From the moment we are born there is change, every day, every moment. We don’t resist it. In fact, we embrace it. We are reliant on others for everything. We are at their mercy. We know nothing of idleness or control. I believe this is why Jesus Christ often refers to children in His stories.

The Common Good

The question is, does Musikfest promote the common good? The festival engages the community and fosters a sense of pride. Nearly 1 million people attend the festival annually, and it takes 2,000 volunteers to help the festival run smoothly. For our Sunday morning appearance alone, we average 1100 people in attendance and take some 100 volunteers from FPC Bethlehem, who transport and set up gear, arrange chairs, pass out water bottles, and welcome people.