Our Mission & Affiliation

The Mission of Advent Lutheran is:

  • To Gather as God's people and nurture one another
  • To Know the Word of God
  • To Grow in faith, love, and service
  • To Go into the world with the Good News of Jesus Christ


ELCAAdvent is a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  Advent uses both Augsburg-Fortress (ELCA) and Concordia (LC-MS) publishing houses for worship, Sunday School, bible study and educational materials.


Leadership Team:  

Pastor SorcekPastor:  The Rev. Dr. Paul M. Sorcek has served as Advent's pastor since 1982. He is a graduate of Valparaiso University (B.A.), Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (S.T.M. & M.Div.) and Eastern Baptist (now Palmer) Theological Seminary (D.Min.). He is a native of and grew up a Lutheran in Queens, New York.

During Pastor Sorcek's leadership at Advent, many ministries have touched the lives of members and friends of all ages, both young and old, with the Good News of Jesus Christ.  Advent has been blessed and has expanded with several building programs, culminating in our present worship sanctuary and spacious narthex completed in 2004.

Pastor Sorcek has just been elected Dean of the Lower Bucks Conference of the Southeastern Pennsylvania synod (SEPA) of the ELCA. This is Pastor's 3rd term as Dean and will serve from 2016-2018. Pastoral and administrative oversight of 17 congregations and one social service institution in the southern half of Bucks County are his responsibility. He is active in the larger community serving as Chaplain and Fire Police Officer for Warwick Township Fire Company. He also serves on several county and state crisis intervention teams. 

Pastor Sorcek and his wife Ruby reside in Richboro.  He has two grown daughters who live nearby in the greater Philadelphia area. He is blessed to have two grandsons, and gives thanks daily for his family and for the blessing of serving as Advent's Pastor.

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Michael Dettra_Music Director
Music Director: Michael Dettra is a graduate of Council Rock High School and Temple University with a Bachelor of Music degree. Michael is an experienced church pianist, organist and choir director, most recently at Solebury United Methodist Church. He has taught band and music at Our Lady of Good Council School, Southampton, directs the choir at Woods School in Langhorne, and has accompanied many groups including the Newtown Arts Company. 
Michael, his wife Katie and their two children live in Newtown.

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