The Gospel Chapel began as a "Daughter" church. Our "Parent" church, Bethany Wesleyan Church in Cherryvill, PA, gave birth to The Gospel Chapel on September 26, 1999. The first service was held at two o'clock in the afternoon with the senior pastor of Bethany Wesleyan Church, Rev. Fred J. Moore, speaking.
As the weeks progressed, Rev. Moorek, with his Assistant Pastor/ Youth; Rev. Robert MacCallum, Assistant Pastor/Evangelism/Discipleship; Rev. Kenneth M. Reigard, and Worship Leader; Kelly Card, assumed the reponsibilities of filling the pulpit for the two o'clock service.
The church building at 621 Linden Street in Allentown, PA was acquired through the Penn-Jersey District of the Wesleyan Church under the name "Community Wesleyan Church". The church ahd not been functioning as a Wesleyan church for about eight years, however, other church groups had been using the facility from time to time. The church resumed services as a Wesleyan church under the name "Community Wesleyan Church" on September 26 1999.
Pastor Kenneth M. Reigard sensed God's leading to become the senior pastor and with the blessing of the "Parent" church, began morning worship services on December 17,2000 with a total of 74 in attendance.
In April, 2001, the name of the church was officially changed from "Community Wesleyan Church" to "The Gospel Chapel," taking the name from the cornerstone of the church building which it had been originaly called when the building was first built in 1919.
The building at 621 Linden Street was located in a neighborhood that was primarily Hispanic. Though we tried to reach out in many different ways, it was ovbious that we were just not connecting. We then made a decision to bring in Pastor Patricio Labbe without charge so that he would not be hindered in any way to start his ministry. We walked away from that building with about $5,000.00 to restart the ministry of The Gospel Chapel depending solely on God....and He did not let us down! We realized that this would be a huge step of faith, but we were prayed up and we were ready for it....or so we thought. Just as we made the decision to move we were informed that we would no longer be able to receive financial support from our parent church (half of the pastor's salary), a decision we were not ready for....but God was!
On August 24th, 2003, we held or first service at "The Winding Brook," a wedding reception hall located at 3665 MacArthur Road, Whitehall. We rented that facility for four hours every Sunday until we came to our present location here in Northampton. We acquired this building in October of 2004 and began renovations in search of a miracle the following month in November. We began a two-phase building project in which the sanctary area was phase 1, and the classrooms and bathrooms were phase 2. Phase 1 was completed in March 2005 and we held our first service in the main street location on Easter Sunday, March 27th, 2005 with 120 in attendance. Phase 2 was ready for use on February 1st, 2006, however, building continued until March 2006. Our miracles came! They arrived in the people of the Gospel Chapel!
Phase 3 began with the acquisition of an additional 3500 square feet of floor space on January 1,2007, which led to Phase 4 of acquiring the remaining available floor space on September 1, 2008.
Early on in 2013 God was leading us in a new direction. A place of our own for Him to use. Through much prayer we were led to the old "Ukranian Hall" on Newport Ave. God opened doors and made way for the Gospel Chapel and His people. We acquired the building on May 28th 2013 and renovations are moving along steadily. Miracles are happening every day and the possiblities that God has put before us are endless and so exciting.
God has performed many miracles and answered many prayers in the short life of the church so far. Faith has been our cornerstone... and God's will is truly the life-blood of our church. We look forward with anticipation for what He has for us in the days to come!