Our Pastoral Team
Chris Bauer is the Administrative Pastor at NCC and, along with his wife Patty, has been serving since 2014.
Dennis Blankenbeckler leads NCC's Arabic community and also serves as a session elder. Dennis and his wife Judy were missionaries in Morocco for over 20 years.
Maranatha Chung is the pastor to the Chinese community at NCC. From Hong Kong originally, Maranatha and his wife Angela have been ministering to the Chinese in Northeast Philadelphia for 8 years.
Martin Katro leads the Albanian community at NCC. Originally from Albania, he and his wife Heledona have been serving the Albanians in Northeast Philadelphia for 10 years.
Paul Pisani is one of NCC's elders and has been serving on the session for 8 years. Paul and his wife Kathy come to NCC from Tenth Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia.
Rick Tyson is currently servng as NCC's interim pastor. Rick retired from pastoral ministry from Calvary Presbyterian in Willow Grove and has been serving as an interim pastor since coming to NCC with his wife Bethann.
What We Believe
We believe that Jesus Christ lived the life we should have lived and died the death we deserved to die. His resurrection from the dead is the central fact of human history and of personal meaning in life.
We believe that by trusting in him and turning from of our self-saving strategies we find life, joy, and purpose. We are a people who are finding freedom and life as we are learning to trust Jesus, turn from our unbelief and fear, and find joy in the mission he calls us to.We are a confessional church and affirm the summary of biblical doctrine contained in the Westminster Confession of Faith, along with the Westminster Shorter and Larger Catechisms.
Distinctives of this document include:
The Atonement of Christ: Jesus Christ lived the life we should have lived and died the death we deserve to die. His sacrifice is the only merit by which God declares sinners to be righteous in his sight.
Inerrancy of Scripture: The Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are inerrant in all it proclaims and is the only authority for faith and practice.
Total Depravity: All people are not as bad as they could be, but every aspect of our personhood is sinful— our mind, emotions, conscience, and will.
Bodily Resurrection: God will bring all of history to a goal, an end, which will include a final judgment, resurrection of the body, and the new heavens and the new earth.
The Primacy of God’s Role in Salvation: God is the one who calls, regenerates, convicts, justifies, sanctifies and glorifies. We contribute nothing to our salvation except our sin.
We also recognize the Belgic Confession and the Heidelberg Catechism, as well as these ancient creeds, which the Church has affirmed across the centuries as helpful summaries of the essence and activity of God: The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed.
FAQ ABOUT NCC
What is the vision of NCC?
Unified to do God’s will in His strength for His glory making mature followers of Christ, revived and equipped to serve one another and reach the lost.
What is the mission of NCC?
* Devote ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word for revival
* Devote ourselves to community, discipleship, and outreach
* Devote ourselves to a lifestyle of continual and joyful repentance
What are the values of NCC?
* Gospel: The gospel affects everything: it saves, transforms, and bears fruit
* Prayer: Prayer is the heart of our relationship with God and the power for service
* Mission: Mission directs our lives and ministry individually and corporately
When are worship services?
Every Sunday at 11:00AM worship services are held in English, Albanian, Chinese, and Arabic. We are hoping to add Hispanic services soon!
What are services like?
Our services feature times of reflection and renewal along with thoughtful music leading to a Biblically-based sermon.
Is there childcare provided?
Yes! Childcare is provided for children infant to age 4 during worship services.
And for children ages 4 thru 8th grade, there is a children’s church service with an age appropriate teaching.
What is the “dress code”?
Dressing up is not a requirement to worship at NCC. We believe the most important thing is to come and worship our Lord.
Northeast Community Church
3300 Tyson Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19149
Services every Sunday 11am
Nursery provided for up to 4 years old
Children’s Church available for
4 years - 8th grade
For more information about Northeast Community Church, our services, ministries, please fill out the form.
If there are any prayer needs, please let us know. It is an honor and a privilege to pray for our community.