Rev. John Eric Lamb
1954 - 2020
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Rev. John Eric Lamb, 66, of Allentown, PA, entered eternal life on Monday, August 3, 2020, at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He died of complications due to an aggressive brain tumor. Born in Plattsburgh, NY on April 17, 1954, he was the son of the late Eric and Bernice (Colgan) Lamb. Together with his two sisters, Joy and Judy, his childhood was spent on a dairy farm in Churubusco, NY where he learned the values of hard work, dedication, and the importance of family. With a passion for reading and writing and a lifelong appreciation for the works of Shakespeare, he received his B.A. in English Literature from Houghton College in 1976. Recognizing his call to ministry, he attended Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, CA and later completed his M.Div. at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, PA. From 1981 to 1987, John's generous spirit compelled him to volunteer in El Salvador during a tumultuous political landscape. He volunteered in San Salvador with Lutheran World Relief and taught at a Mennonite Central Committee orphanage in Zaragoza, El Salvador. Always motivated and eager to learn, he became fluent in Spanish and served as a translator for Catholic Relief Services. As an ordained minister through the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, John's first assignment called him to San Juan, PR where from 1990 to 1992 he served as pastor to the Evangelical Lutheran Church of San Pablo. While living in San Juan, he met his soon-to-be wife, Maritza Robert, on a blind date. They were married in San Juan on Nov. 22, 1992. On September 22, 1993 in Harrisburg, PA, John and Maritza gave birth to a beloved son, Robert James Lamb. While in Harrisburg, he continued his ministry serving as pastor to the congregations of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and then Our Saviour Lutheran Church. In 2007, John and his family moved to Allentown, PA. For the last 13 years, John served as pastor to the congregation of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Active throughout Allentown, John served as a member of the Housing Association and Development Corporation, Spanish Speaking Pastors Organization, Mayoral Interfaith Clergy Group, Lehigh Mission District, and the founder of the English Language Learners program at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. In 2018, his widening mission also called him to serve as pastor to the Lutheran Congregation of Cedar Church. Through over 30 years of ministry, he served as a disciple of Christ's greatest commandment: to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, and mind; and to love your neighbor as yourself.

Survivors include wife Dr. Maritza Robert; son, Robert James Lamb and his partner, Macklin Fitzpatrick; sister, Judy Lamb; sister, Joy Barcomb and her husband, Francis; aunt, Marguerite Colgan; sisters-in-law, Elsie Milagros Robert and Teresa Robert; nephews, Col. Kris Barcomb, Dr. Timothy Barcomb, Brandon Barcomb, and Kenny Kohler; niece, Keira Kohler; along with a multitude of first and second cousins; grand nephews and nieces; and many close friends.



Memorial gifts in John's memory can be sent to "Community Outreach Programing" at St. Luke's Lutheran Church 417 N 7th, St. Allentown, PA 18102. Donations will be used to continue his ministry in programs such as English Language Learners, American Citizenship, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals.



Due to restrictions, a service for immediate family members is being held privately. Memorial services to be announced at a later date by St. Luke's Lutheran Church and Cedar Church in Allentown, PA. Arrangements entrusted to Bachman, Kulik & Reinsmith Funeral Home, Allentown.

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Published in Morning Call on Aug. 16, 2020.
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August 29, 2020
On Martin Luther King Day last January, Pastor Lamb stopped at St James UCC at 15th and Walnut Streets in Allentown. The event being held at that church was an ecumenical free hot meal and church program. Pastor Lamb told me he just wanted to see the inside of the church; and although I was a volunteer/coordinator of the event and not a church member there, I was happy to show him the sanctuary. I was so sad to hear that he passed to eternal life.
Patricia Ann Aldobrandesca Feninez
August 26, 2020
Wanted to thank you for everything. Thanks for not only being our Reverend but a friend as well. I will miss our talks about religion, music, politics and travel. I am/we are all better people for having you in our lives. God Bless
Glenn Schlegel
Friend
August 23, 2020
John, you married one of my best friends, Maritza. I met you and always remembered your kindness. I am sure you are now with God in Heaven. Now you are an angel to be the guard and protector of your son, wife and those you loved deeply. No more sickness. Now your soul is free in Eternity.
Sandra I. Alvarez
Friend
August 21, 2020
John your sudden death came as a shock.We did not expect it and wish we had more time to say goodbyes. You are no longer physically with us but you will be always be part of our hearts. You were an unbelievable kind, humble and caring human being. Thank you for being such a great uncle to my kids. We had some of the most memorable moments thanks to you. We will never forget your memorable and contagious laugh and your ability to tell stories and entertain us. We will deeply miss you and remember you for the rest of our lives. .May Ángels lead you inTo paradise and may you have eternal rest. Amen
Teresa Kohler
Family
August 20, 2020
My prayers and condolences to all rest on my brother let your family never forget the kodak moments of your life ephphatha
Rev Erika Lynn Bickford
Acquaintance
August 20, 2020
My deepest condolences to Pastor Lamb's family and loved ones.
I am truly grateful that he came into my life though our work at The Neighborhood Center. His love and dedication to the children was undeniable and will be greatly missed.
I will always remember him as a sweet, genuinely kind, peaceful and loving man who walked in the ways of our Lord.
God Bless
Gianna Giannelli
Friend
August 19, 2020
A True & Faithful servant of our Lord Jesus Christ
Bob Funk
Acquaintance
August 19, 2020
John's mother was my first cousin and I remember John during our school years as a gentle , thoughtful and intelligent young man. I heard impressive things about him as the years passed. I'm not surprised to learn that he spent the rest of his life making amazing use of his wonderful attributes to serve as a good example to promote peace and love. Rest in peace, John.
Nancy E. Shutts
Family
August 19, 2020
Blessings to you and your family. I've only known Pastor Lamb
since 2018 when he came to my Dad's house and gave our
family communion. Then he did services for my father and both
brothers. He is very comforting and soft spoken in his words
of healing and prayers ❤
Linda Schmoyer
Friend
August 19, 2020
I was on the selection committee at Saint Luke's that went to meet Pastor Lamb. When I first heard him give a sermon I knew this was someone who had a unique perspective, temperment and background that would be well suited for our church.

He had a faith that was informed by the world around him, and the world around him was informed by his faith.

He not only supported our spring musicals, he put on a costume and sang!

He helped make Saint Lukes a place where one worship can be expressed in more than one language.

But its his kind heart for which he should most be remembered.
Brian Follweiler
Friend
August 19, 2020
My husband and I worked very closely with John while he was a pastor in San Pablo. He was very active in our community of Puerta de Tierra and people remembered him many years after he left. We are very sad at his passing but I know there was rejoicing in heaven when he got there. Our condolences to Marissa, his son, and all those who loved him. We certainly feel we have lost a beloved member of our family.
Georgina Pineiro
Friend
August 19, 2020
John was a friend, classmate and roommate from Houghton College. He was always energetic, spontaneous, caring and considerate. We lost contact shortly after graduation and 40 years later became reacquainted after John made the effort to find me at a most significant time in my life. It was like he was God sent. Immediately we clicked and became young again at heart, like old times. We texted many times a week and often spoke. We cried together on the phone when he became ill and he kept me posted on his status for as long as he could. There is a void in my heart and life at so sudden a loss but I know John is now celebrating and looking out for us all. He truly will be missed but remembered ever so fondly. My deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
William J Betz
Classmate
August 19, 2020
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August 18, 2020
Oh, my dear God! He married us thirty years ago the 20th of this month in El Morro Castle in San Juan, OR! What a wonderful, shining example of a kind-hearted Christian he was! May God comfort all of you, and receive him into His Peace!-Captain & Mrs.Bertil James Haney.
Bertil James Haney
Friend
August 17, 2020
He was very inspiring and uplifting and energetic Pastor I loved listening to his sermons and helping out around the church at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Allentown where I have been a member for many years I helped him with communion and the flowers and several other things he will be missed dearly my condolences To his family
Susan Wyman
Friend
August 17, 2020
Peters Mountain view on the AT will never look the same, John, without you along But there is sure and certain hope you have found some place even more beautiful to enjoy for eternity with your Lord and Savior.
Kevin Hepler
Friend
August 17, 2020
My deepest sympathy and Christian love is extended to the entire family at this time of loss and grief. John was a valued clergy colleague and will be missed. May the peace of the Risen Christ offer comfort and hope in the days ahead.
Dr. David Charles Smith
August 17, 2020
Janet Robert
Family
August 16, 2020
I knew John as a clergy colleague and dear friend. He was a always so upbeat, with a great sense of humor. A brilliant pastor deeply committed to the work of the church. His passing was quite a shock and my prayers reach out to his wife and family at this time.
- Rev. Earl David Ball, retired
United Church of Christ
Rev. Earl David Ball
Acquaintance
August 16, 2020
To Pastor Lamb’s Family,
May all your treasured memories of him bring you comfort & peace when you think of him.
He was a kind & gentle soul. He cared for The Neighborhood Center and looked out for it as best as he could. I will always be grateful to him for that wonderful quality.
My sincerest sympathies to all of you!
Kathy Frey
Friend
August 16, 2020
A leader in our community, a preacher of unforgettable sermons, a spiritual leader for all of us and an innovative pastor, John was a fine man. Deepest stmpathies to his terrific family. He will rise in glory, may he rest in peace.
Ellen Roberts
August 16, 2020
RIP Rev. Lamb
Annette & Keith Haftl
Friend
August 16, 2020
Dear Maritza and Robert.

My deepest condolences. My fond memory of John is his participation with the Latino pastors’ luncheon. Whenever he had the opportunity he would host the lunch for the group. In addition, John looked forward to talk Spanish with his colleagues. We will miss him.

May the peace of the Lord be with you.

Pastor Nelson Quinones
Lehigh Mission District Dean
Nelson Quinones
Coworker
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