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Phone:       610-398-9250

Mail:          Dr. John K. LaShell

                398 Barclay St.

                Mertztown, PA 19539


Professional Information

Moody Bible Institute, Pastoral Major (BA) 1970

Pastor Goodrich Baptist Church, Goodrich Wisconsin 1970-74

Talbot Theological Seminary (MA) 1976

Pastor Faith Bible Church, Montana 1976-79

Westminster Theological Seminary (PhD) 1985

Pastor Bethel Baptist Church, Sykesville Pennsylvania 1982-94

Adjunct Lecturer in Humanities at Penn State, Dubois 1987-94

Pastor Grace Community Church, Allentown, Pennsylvania 1994-present


My PhD dissertation, Imaginary Ideas of Christ: A Scottish-American Debate, examined the controversy over visions of Christ that were reported during the Great Awakening in New England and in Scotland. Jonathan Edwards’ analysis of these visions is both sane and Scriptural.


In addition to numerous newspaper articles, I have written a few articles for theological journals and 16 entries for The Blackwell Dictionary of Evangelical Biography (1730-1860). I have also written an unpublished series of nine fantasy stories for children. My book, The Beauty of God for a Broken World: Reflections on the Goodness of the God of the Bible, was published by Christian Literature Crusade in 2010. In 2014 I published Limping Christians: Help for Those Who Hobble along the Path of Life.


Family Information

My wife, Heather, and I were married in 1968. Heather is a retired Registered Nurse. We have two children (both married and following the Lord) and four grandchildren. We enjoy walking and talking. During the summer, we sometimes go canoeing. I also enjoy fishing, camping, and astronomy. I have made two 6-inch Newtonian telescopes and am currently working on a 12.5 inch mirror. I am a member of the Lehigh Valley Amateur Astronomical Society (