Pastor's Bio Pastors Bio St John Emmaus

Rev. Dr. Paul W. Knappenberger - Senior Pastor


Dr. Knappenberger began his ministry here at St. John's in April of 2005. He was born and raised in Allentown, PA. He is a 1990 graduate of Lock Haven University and he graduated from Lancaster Theological Seminary with a Master of Divinity degree in 1993. In 2009 he graduated with his Doctor of Ministry degree from Palmer Theological Seminary.


Dr. Knappenberger has previously served two congregations. From 1993-1997 he served in the inner city at Salem United Church of Christ in Harrisburg, PA., and from 1997-2005  he served in a small town at Pennsburg United Church of Christ in Pennsburg, PA.


Dr. Knappenberger does enjoy all aspects of the parish ministry; but he includes preaching and leading worship, missions and church transformation as his passions in ministry. He has served the larger church on all levels and has been involved with several national boards and committees. He has also served on many conference and association committees.


His hobbies include spending time with his family, reading (history and leadership) working out, and following the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies.


Dr. Knappenberger is married to Dr. Kristine Knappenberger who is an optometrist in Allentown. They have a seven year old daughter named Rachel.