About us

Bern Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod.  As a member of this larger church body, we are able to do far more in mission than we could ever do ourselves.

Bern has a heart for those in need.  We generously give to alleviate hunger in our community, our nation and our world.  We support Lutheran Disaster Response, stepping up when there is a need for financial assistance due to hurricanes or other disasters.

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Welcome to Bern Evangelical Lutheran Church! It is my joy and privilege to serve our Lord with the compassionate and generous people of this congregation.  I began my ministry here in September 2015, after serving as a co-pastor with my husband in congregations in North Dakota, Iowa and Florida.


We are blessed to have three children and five grandchildren. I treasure family time as we continue to grow in the loving relationships that God has given us. Having never lived in the Northeast, I enjoy exploring Berks County and the surrounding areas. I love taking long walks on the beach; traveling, cooking, baking, spending time with friends, and daily walks with my husband.


It is my privilege to serve our Lord with the people of this congregation. Weekly we are fed by the word of God and the bread of life to empower us for our daily ministries. Worship is central to our identity. Together, we generously

respond to the needs of our community and

the world. We support one another in times

joyful celebrations and difficult situations.

Christ has called us together to be God’s

presence in the world.


Thank you for visiting our website. I hope we

will get the opportunity to meet in person.


Yours in Christ,

The Rev. Phyllis Wolkenhauer  


About our Pastor