History

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The fifty-nine year history of Christ Lutheran Church began with its establishment as a mission church of the Luther Memorial Church congregation. Sixty-five members of Luther Memorial transferred to the new congregation. Christ Lutheran's first worship service was held at Chaddock Boys School Chapel on September 11, 1960. The congregation installed their first pastor, the Rev. Robert Lee Hauss on December 10, 1961.

In 1962 the congregation purchased property at South 36th and Holiday Drive. The members of Christ Lutheran held their first worship service in their new sanctuary on Sunday, March 7, 1965. The President of the Illinois Synod, Dr. Robert Marshall, dedicated the facility on April 11, 1965.

A major expansion and renovation took place in 2002 under the guidance of the Rev. Dr. Paul Schwartzkopf. Pastor Schwartzkopf retired after serving the congregation at Christ Lutheran for 10 years. 

The Rev. Gayle Pope was called to be Christ Lutheran Church's Pastor and Spiritual Leader in 2011 by a unanimous vote by all members at the congregational meeting. She was installed as pastor at the Sunday morning service on July 10, 2011.   Rev. Gayle Pope retired in July 2019 after serving as pastor for eight years.

The congregation has continued to grow and currently has over 300 members.  The congregration is currenty engaged in the process of calling a new pastor.

During its 59 year history, members of Christ Lutheran Church have been fulfilling their mission of "Christ Cares, Share the Faith" through worship, fellowship, and service to the community and the world.

Christ Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The ELCA is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service, and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God's grace in our lives. The ELCA has more than 10,300 congregations across the U.S., Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, with total membership in excess of 4.5 million.