The Lehigh Mission District is an association of congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in portions of Lehigh County, Pennsylvania. The Lehigh Mission District supports various ministries through the cooperation and support of all of its member churches. These ministries include after school and summer programs for inner city kids, food banks and free meal programs, and fellowship programs for senior citizens, as well as other worthy ministries.
The current Dean of the Lehigh Mission District is Rev. Nelson Quiñones, who currently serves as Pastor of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Fogelsville, PA. Pastor Quiñones was born in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. He lived in Allentown most of his life, graduating from Dieruff High School. Immediately upon graduating he enlisted in the US Navy where he held the rank of Petty Officer Third Class as an Electronic Technician. While in the Navy Reserves, he graduated from United Wesleyan College in Allentown with a BS in English Bible and Theology. He then worked at Lehigh County Prison as a Translator/Correctional Counselor, until leaving to pursue graduate work at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia where he received his Master of Divinity degree.
Pastor Quiñones was ordained and installed at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Allentown. He also served at Christ Lutheran Church, Easton and San Martin de Porres Lutheran Church as well as assisted in the ecumenical endeavor of the Iglesia La Hermosa in Easton. He has served six years as pastor at St. John’s Fogelsville.
In cooperation with the ongoing effort towards slowing down the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), the Lehigh Mission District has cancelled or postponed the following upcoming events:
April 16: Lehigh Mission District Rostered Leaders Gathering
April 26: Lehigh Mission District Spring Assembly (postponed until further notice)
In addition, the NEPA Synod Assembly has been postponed until October 22-24. See www.nepasynod.org for more details.
Pastor Nelson Quinones
Dean, Lutheran Mission District