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PRESS PHOTOS BY MARK RECCEKPastor Phil Miller, along with his wife Jenny and their two children, Karissa and Joel, relax together following a recent service. Miller leads a group of individuals meeting for a church service at The Roxy Theatre, Northampton. PRESS PHOTOS BY MARK RECCEKPastor Phil Miller, along with his wife Jenny and their two children, Karissa and Joel, relax together following a recent service. Miller leads a group of individuals meeting for a church service at The Roxy Theatre, Northampton.
Miller believes this shadow resembling a cross on a curtain inside theatre “is an indicator of God’s presence.” Miller believes this shadow resembling a cross on a curtain inside theatre “is an indicator of God’s presence.”

ValleyChurch has new home at the Roxy

Thursday, January 28, 2016 by mark reccek Special to The Press in Local News

Pastor Phil Miller says congregation welcomes all to worship

The Roxy Theatre has a new guest.

ValleyChurch has been offering worship services in the theater, located at 2004 Main St., Northampton, since July 2015.

The church, which consists of 20 to 25 members, is led by Pastor Phil Miller and meets 10 a.m. every Sunday. Congregation members come from Allentown, Bethlehem, Slatington, New Tripoli, Catasauqua and Northampton.

Miller, who is originally from North Catasauqua and a 1988 graduate of Catasauqua High School, is a trained musician, with credentials in both performance and education.

A heart condition diagnosed in 1994 forced him to quit his job. For the next eight years, Miller lived with his parents in North Catasauqua. Despite physical challenges, he did not give up hope and listened for the call of God.

“God told me that he would heal me and get me back on my feet,” Miller said.

In 2002, Miller secured a job through a temporary employment agency, began driving again and soon thereafter began working as a secretary at Central Christian Academy in Bethlehem.

Then, in 2004, Miller met his wife Jenny and became the principal at Central Christian Academy.

In 2010, a test performed on his heart revealed he was 100 percent healed.

“God has taken a former musician, brought him through a health crisis, made him a principal and then a pastor,” Miller said. “No wonder he told me not to worry about what I would eventually do back in 1994. I could have never imagined this.”

Miller said ValleyChurch welcomes all to worship. What makes ValleyChurch different, he said, is its placement of Jesus center stage.

“It is all about him,” Miller said. “We seek to have you become more aware of his desire for you, to have you as his own, adopted into God’s family by his blood and to be completely surrendered to His Lordship in every area of life.”

Congregation member, Dr. Jonathan Bortz, of Allentown, agrees with Miller.

“This is such a special place,” Bortz said of ValleyChurch. “You can sense the Holy Spirit here.”

Those who attend ValleyChurch might also notice an image of a cross on one of the theater’s curtains. According to Miller, the image of the cross was present prior to the church members arriving.

“If this truly is from God, I believe it is an indicator of God’s presence,” Miller said of the image. “He wants us to be attentive to the fact that he is everywhere, even in a theater.”

In addition to regular Sunday service, the church offers men’s and women’s groups, which meet monthly at various locations. Also, Miller said every other week ValleyChurch holds a children’s church.

Miller hopes the church can expand further into the community. In 2016, Miller plans to concentrate more on discipleship, he said.

“I want us to establish more of a presence in the community, an awareness that on a Sunday morning, this historic theater is revealing Jesus,” he said. “I would like to develop a relationship with more businesses as well as individuals in the area.

“That is Jesus – getting out into the streets and taking the message to the people,” Miller said.

ValleyChurch is affiliated with Assembly of God churches.