Campus Vision


We have begun an exciting journey to reimagine
the use of our church building
and the surrounding campus.



First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem is shifting its missional focus to explore possible uses of our vast resources — the building and the wider campus — to meet our community’s critical housing needs.

Doing so will have significant, positive community impact, and it will also offer the church long-term financial sustainability to continue offering ministries of expansive welcome, cultivating spiritual nurture and community for all ages, and serving our most vulnerable neighbors.

As a result, we are working on two projects :

The Building Community initiative is an endeavor to create a vision for the future of the property through a community-engaged planning process. The church selected COLLABO and Urban Ventures to lead this planning process alongside us and to ensure that it is inclusive, iterative, and centered on building trust and capacity for the next chapter of the church’s story with a strong focus on mixed-income housing.

First Presbyterian Church is committed to working with the community on creating a campus plan which:

  • preserves ample green/open space
  • has neighborhood-appropriate architecture and light to medium density (10 units or fewer/acre)
  • is thoughtful about minimizing environmental and traffic impacts
  • includes a healthy balance of market rate and affordable units (particularly middle-income workforce housing)
  • upholds current property values
  • improves quality of life, including for immediate neighbors
  • includes provisions for long-term maintenance and capital improvements
  • limits mixed-use offerings to small-scale/low impact

We’re excited to be sharing our preferred concept design
housing plans for our site on Thursday, May 23.


The Creating Partnership project is focused on establishing a partnership with a long-standing local nonprofit partner who will co-locate with the church in our existing facilities.  Adaptively re-using the South Building in this way will provide a consolidated location for our nonprofit partner to offer support services and housing security for the families they serve.

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2344 Center Street
Bethlehem, PA 18017

Contact Us:


Media Inquiries:

Carol Burns
Communications Manager
610-867-5865, ext. 238

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Senior Pastor/Head of Staff: The Rev. J.C. Austin
Associate Pastor for Justice and Community Impact:
The Rev. Lindsey Altvater Clifton
Pastoral Associate for Formation and Compassion:
The Rev. Suzanne Trump
Director of Music Ministries: David Macbeth
Director of Church Administration: David Crook
Weekday Preschool Director: Tracy Leszcynski
Rentals/Facility Usage: Carol Burns
Facilities Maintenance Manager: Kevin Konczyk

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