life church bethlehem

new location

coming soon!

We are almost ready to begin renovations of St. John Capistrano church in Bethlehem. St. John’s will become the permanent HOME for our Bethlehem location and be an outpost of hope for the city of Bethlehem.

Until renovations are complete, we'll be meeting at Life Church Allentown for English and Español services:

English: 9:00am, 11:00am

Español: 11:00am (in upstairs chapel)



St. John Capistrano Parish was established in 1903 when Archbishop Patrick Ryan of Philadelphia appointed Father Alexander Varlaky to organize the first Hungarian parish of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Early services were held in the stone basement church. In 1909 a school and convent were added to complete the building. Sisters of the Mission Workers of the Sacred Heart were placed in charge of the school. In 1918 Father Joseph Reseterics was appointed as pastor. The cornerstone of the new church was blessed on August 20, 1922. Formal dedication of the completed church took place on September 3, 1923.

The Polish sisters were replaced by the Hungarian nuns Sisters of Divine Charity in 1920. A major remodeling of the school and church began in 1969. Four frescoes were painted in the sanctuary and changes were made to the pulpit and the main altar. Founders Hall was built in the church basement in 1978. In June 1981 St John Capistrano School was closed followed by the convent in 1985. After city inspectors condemned the school building the structure was demolished in the fall of 1986. Father Edward Bolez THF served as the last pastor of St. John Capistrano Parish. [source]


We encourage you all to pray along with us as we embark on this new and exciting acquisition. If you would like to partner with us by sharing your time and talents, you can click the "serve" button below. If you would like to invest in this room of our House, you can use the “give” button below. Stay connected to learn about more ways to get involved in the future.



Founded by Pastors Randy and Maribel Landis in 1990, Life Church, based in Allentown, PA, is guided by a mission to love God, love people and do something. Selling its main campus in 2014 in an effort to be present in the local communities and for the people who call them home, Life Church now has five locations throughout the Lehigh Valley, a non-profit café, Café Vida, which supports community partners, as well as a non-profit foundation called City Hope. 

Life Church 

P.O. Box 1996

Allentown, PA 18105-1996



Sunday Services


Sundays at 9AM & 11AM

38 S 8th St, Allentown, PA 18101

(610) 434-3117


Bethlehem @ ST. PAUL'S

Sundays at 9AM & 11AM (& 11AM en Español) 

38 S 8th St, Allentown, PA 18101

(610) 434-3117


Sundays at 11:30AM

1221 Northampton St, Easton, PA 18042

(610) 434-3117


Sundays at 10AM & 11:30AM

1609 Trexlertown Rd, Macungie, PA 18062

(610) 434-3117


Sundays at 8:30AM & 10AM

4609 Newburg Rd, Nazareth, PA 18064

(610) 434-3117


Sundays at 9AM, 11AM, 6PM


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