About Us

St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church:

– a Christ-centered church of the Great Tradition and the Great Commission.

What does it mean to be a “Christ-centered church”? It means that we are all about Christ…worshiping Christ, loving Christ, learning from Christ, following Christ, serving Christ.

Jesus of Nazareth altered human history (and hope!) forever. That is why Western civilization for hundreds of years has described important historical events as relative to the time before Christ and the time after Christ (B.C. and A.D.). Through the birth, life, suffering, death, and glorious resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, God Himself shatters the despair of an exclusively material universe world view, speaking clearly with a human voice of clarity, love and compassion. As Francis A. Schaeffer, one of the most important prophets of the last half of the twentieth century once put it, “He is there, and he is not silent.” Hence, everything about the person of Jesus is both relevant and timeless.

In addition, St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member of LCMC, “Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ.” The “for Christ” part of that association is important. St. John’s exists because of Jesus, around Jesus, and for Jesus. St. John’s exists to experience His life among us, and to share His life with others.

If one believes that Jesus speaks to people today (and we at St. John’s enthusiastically do!),…then, we must grant that He did the same in the past. That means that the witness of followers of Christ through history is an essential component in rightly understanding and applying God’s Word and will today.

This is what it means to be a church of “the Great Tradition”. We believe that the historic Christian faith (i.e., the faith that has been believed “everywhere, always, and by all” – the rule of St. Vincent of Lerins) is “historic” in that not only does the incarnation of Christ affect all of history both before and after His appearance,…but also that God has revealed Himself throughout history, first in the events and persons of the Old Testament scriptures, then in the person of Jesus Christ, and then in and through the body of Christ on earth, the Church, Christ’s followers since then. In this way we are proudly a part of the “catholic” faith and tradition: the historic, universal Christian faith.

St. John’s is a “Lutheran” church in that, in the history of the Church, St. John’s recognizes the values of the Reformation, and in particular the witness and writings of Martin Luther, and those that immediately followed Luther and embraced his teachings.

To say that St. John’s is a church of “the Great Commission” is an explicit reference to Matthew 28:19-20, especially as it describes what we are all about as a group of Jesus’ followers: making disciples. That means learning to live as Jesus has taught us, learning to do what Jesus wants us to do. Water baptism is a part of that, but practically speaking a small part. Essentially, it means entering into a relationship with Christ and other Christ-followers…to learn the faith, to live the faith, and to share the faith with others.

LCMC is an association “in Mission for Christ.” The “in Mission” is real and not theoretical! We have a task to do, a job to perform. Life has purpose. Christ-followers have been redeemed for a reason, and that is not just their own salvation. It is to be “a light on a hill” and “salt to earth”, just as Jesus describes. As one has put it, “To reach the lost at any cost, because people last forever!”

I invite you to join us in this journey of purpose, of joy, of service, and of hope!

(To learn more about our history, go to “Our History”.)