Christ Lutheran Church is: A Community of Faith, Reaching Out to Change Lives.
We try to embody this statement in all aspects of church life -- worship, music, education, fellowship and outreach. We live out our mission by doing God's work with our hands.
What We Believe
Lutherans believe in one God, revealed to the world as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. ...in the power of sin that separates us from God, from the world, and from one another. ...in salvation that comes by the grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ. ...in one God, revealed to the world as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. ...in the proclamation of God’s Word to us, revealing both judgment and mercy. ...in the sacrament of Holy Baptism, by which God makes us members of God’s family, the Church. ...in the sacrament of Holy Communion, through which our sins are forgiven, our faith is nurtured and we are empowered to serve God in the world.
A congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Christ Lutheran Church is a growing faith community, always seeking new ways to live out the gospel of Christ. We firmly believe that our past encourages us, our present excites us, and the future opens us to where God’s Holy Spirit will lead.
On February 18, 1945, Pastor Paul B. Frank gathered 36 people at Highland Park Junior High School to begin a new worshiping community of The American Lutheran Church. One month later, Christ Lutheran Church was formally organized.
The church buildings, home to this community of God’s people, have always been located at 3001 Lovers Lane. The gospel of Christ has always been at the heart of the congregation’s ministry. That gospel has been expressed in a variety of ways: from the faithful proclamation of the Word and the administration of the sacraments to our care for children through youth ministry and education to our concern for the elderly and to everyone in between.
Since Pastor Frank developed the congregation in the closing days of World War II, we have been served by The Rev. A.P. Nassen, The Rev. Al Kline, The Rev. Michael Frye, The Rev. William Waxenberg, The Rev. Heidi Schwerdtfeger-Jones, The Rev. Lanny Westphal, and our current pastor, The Rev. Ben Dueholm. In addition, we have helped to train 11 seminary interns for pastoral ministry. A youth and family minister, organist/choir director, German vicar, office administrator and preschool director comprise our current church staff. We also have 23 preschool staff.