About Us - Our Beginnings


Peace Lutheran Church was organized in 1978 under the leadership of the mission developer, the Rev. Byron "Dutch" Souder (1978 - 1983).  The congregation met in John Hanson Middle School rented jointly with Good Samaritan Presbyterian Church with whom Peace held a joint Sunday School, and then in Wakefield Neighborhood Center, again with Good Samaritan, until the original structure was completed in 1981.

The congregation continued under the pastorate of the Rev. Mike Hunsicker (1985 - 1986) and expanded its food ministry to the community with senior citizen dinners, holiday baskets, shelter meals, and the food pantry.  During the pastorate of the Rev. Dr. Marcia Cox (1989 - 1996), the congregation grew, and the need for more space became apparent, both for our membership and for the community's use.  The congregation completed its new worship center in December of 1999.

As part of Peace's emphasis on the centrality of worship, a new Allen Renaissance digital organ was purchased in 2002, a tone chime choir initiated and a new altar, font, and ambo commissioned in 2004.  Keeping in mind the two commandments to love God (shown through worship) and our neighbors (through social ministry), Peace continues to expand servicfes to those in need through participation in Interfaith Community Connection, The Food Pantry (on site), Angels' Watch and a number of other programs.

We are proud of our latest addition, a new Ministry Center, that houses our Fellowship Hall as well as multiple rooms used for both Sunday School, meetings, and to support community groups such as AA, Toastmasters, English as a Second Language (ESL) and other events.

About Us - Our Mission

 

Peace Lutheran Church, an inclusive congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, is a people and place dedicated to serving God:  locally serving the needs of individuals and non-profit groups, and globally through partnerships with other churches and programs as well as the larger church (ELCA).  We commit ourselves to standing with the poor and powerless, encouraging and mentoring young people, promoting excellence in worship and music, and offering hospitality to the stranger.

Go therefore, and make disciples of all nations; baptizing them
in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
and teaching them to obey all that I have commanded you.

Matthew 28: 19 -20

About Us - What We Believe

 

Peace is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and as such confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. ELCA congregations make the same affirmation in their governing documents, and ELCA pastors promise to preach and teach in accordance with these teaching sources. This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship ELCA congregations hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.

This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the ecumenical Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions have in the ELCA. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”