St Stephen's History

Nevin Yeakel
St. Stephen's member and archivist, Nevin delved into our files and wrote a series of articles about the history of our church, our members, and how our past affects our present and impacts our future.

Nevin passed in 2018 at age 90. This page is dedicated to his memory and to his committment to his church and his God.

Luther Rose

St. Stephen's E.L.C.
67 W. Washington Ave.
Bethlehem, PA 18018-2433

Phone: 610-865-0601
Fax: 610-865-0883
Email Us

Office Hours
Monday thru Friday

Pastor Emeritus
Rev. Barry J. Harte
Church Secretary
Roberta A. Moyer
Organist/Choir Director
John M. Phillips, Jr.
Robert Gruver

Entire building is handicapped-accessible and air-conditioned.

Delving Into Our History
by Nevin Yeakel

The Rischel & Scholl Families
Among the earliest members of our congregation, their decendents continue to worship at St. Stephen's.

Laying of the Cornerstone
Read why the original cornerstone was laid in 1897 and then moved twice and why a second cornerstone was laid in 1963.

The Year 1928
Our church in 1928 was very active for young and old, with church being used almost every day of the week.

The Parsonage
The "big brick home at the top of the hill" was the home of St. Stephen's pastors from 1924 to 1988.

The Church Organs
The story of the three church organs at St. Stephen's.

How the rite of Confirmation has changed through the years at St. Stephen's.

The Senior Choir
Since the 1920's, the senior choir has continued the practice of performing Christmas and Easter Cantatas.

The Junior and Bell Choirs
St. Stephen's has had a junior choir for most of its history, but the handbell choir only came into existence in 1990.