Executive Director's Message
The Lehigh County Conference Churches is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. John (“Jack”) E. Felch, Jr. as the Executive Director of the Conference. Dr. Felch is an ordained Elder and Deacon in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and holds graduate degrees in Operations Research and Management. He will begin his duties at the Conference on November 11.
The Conference will formally present Dr. Felch at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for its new offices at 1031 Linden Street at 4:00 PM on Thursday, November 7th. Eighteen Conference staff will move to the new Linden Street location. Two Hamilton Street offices of the Conference will close. The main offices of the Conference will remain in Alliance Hall at 534 Chew Street.
The new site at 1031 Linden Street will house all of the housing programs of the Conference. A new Centralized Intake/Coordinated Assessment Case Manager will be the first point of entry for Lehigh County residents who come to the Conference homeless or threatened with homelessness. Once the Intake/Assessment is complete, the client will be referred directly to the program that best suits the client’s needs, streamlining the service delivery process to the benefit of both the client and the Conference.
Dr. Felch will lead a dedicated staff of 32 men and women in fulfilling the Conference’s mission to “minister to and advocate for those in need and encourage all to reach their full potential.”Partnering with 138 congregations and faith-based organizations in Lehigh County, the Conference seeks to put faith into action, assisting the hungry, the homeless, people with mental health concerns, and at-risk youth. We engage over 4,900 volunteers in service and assist 14,000 people in need each year on a budget of approximately $3.5 million.
For the past thirteen years Dr. Felch has been providing administrative leadership in large churches and regional ecclesiastical organizations. Since retiring from the US Army, Dr. Felch has served in senior executive positions in private enterprise, government, and not-for-profit organizations. Dr. Felch has held faculty appointments with several educational institutions including the US Army War College in Carlisle, PA, George Washington University, and Goshen College.
Dr. and Mrs. Felch have been married for 47 years and reside in the Borough of Coopersburg. They have four children and nine grandchildren. Mrs. Felch volunteers at her local church and with the Coopersburg Historical Society. Dr. Felch was elected to the Borough Council in 2009 and currently serves as the Council President.
LEHIGH COUNTY CONFERENCE OF CHURCHES