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About Forks United Church of Christ

Forks United Church of Christ in Stockertown, PA has been a prominent fixture on Sullivan Trail at the edge of Forks Township for over 250 years. We carry on the traditions of the faithful who founded this church in 1812.
To learn more about our long history, click here.


Our Mission is very simple:  

to grow in faith, to praise God, and to serve the world that God loves.  God calls us all together in ministry to work with our covenantal partners in other faith communities, the Conference, and our denomination.


The United Church of Christ (UCC) is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action.  With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world.  The UCC is a church of firsts, a church of extravagant welcome, and a church where "…they may all be one" (John 17:21).


Our Team

Bob Gutekunst

Pastor Bob has been with us for over 10 years and counting! He is father, husband and twin brother, as well as a talented musician/singer. Pastor Bob loves working with the young (and young at heart) and his Children's Messages are known to be fun, yet thought-provoking. 


Bob was called to full-time pastoral service; he has a heart for serving God, helping others, and making everyone feel welcome at Forks UCC.


His email is gutekunst66@hotmail.com.


Anthony Newett

Anthony is our Director of Music and A/V Technician, serving all of our musical and technological needs for our worship services and livestream.


Anthony began his professional career more than 30 years ago in his hometown of South Philadelphia.  In addition to music ministry, Anthony owns and operates a recording studio in which he composes and produces music for national radio broadcasts.  He is also one of the directors at “School of Rock” in Easton.


Anthony and his daughter, Aria have found their home in the Lehigh Valley, enjoying a wonderful life in a blended family of five.

 

His email is arnewett@gmail.com.

Frank Mengel, Jr.

Frank has been a member of Forks UCC for over 73 years, and he has been tending to our outside property for over 37 years. If  you see Frank mowing or tending the gardens, beep as you drive by - he'll wave back.


Our Proud History

History of the Forks United Church of Christ (Provided by Jim Martin)


Among the Germans who emigrated in the 1730s and 1740s was a man named Stocker, for whom the neighboring town is named. Stocker's farm, the original place church congregants worshiped, still stands today on the south side of the Memorial House next to the church.


The first church in 1812 was constructed for $2,684. In the 1850s, the interior was remodeled. On one Sunday of each month, services were held in the German language since many congregants were German settlers.


Over the years, several renovations have modernized the building. In 1912, the church underwent an extensive remodel and was redone to its present state today. In a split decision on whether to spend funds to remodel the church, at least half the membership left as a way to voice their disapproval. The renovations went on, lowering the ceiling, adding on a Sunday school, constructing an organ and installing radiators. In the 1950s, bathrooms, a kitchen and more Sunday school classrooms were added. By 1981, the church renovated its sanctuary, holding a service of dedication that March.


During the anniversary year, many events took place to mark the Bicentennial Anniversary. Our Historical Records are maintained and kept track of by Jacob E. Allen, Amy Knitter & Lois Steward. Most of our older records are kept at the The Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society in Lancaster.