Pacific Region

Pacific Region

The Pacific Region of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren is a group of 25 congregations in the states of Arizona, California, Idaho, Oregon, Texas, and Washington.  

When I think of our region two words come to mind: beauty and diversity. Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” (1 Cor. 12:27). Whether in times of joy or trial, the church is at its best when we love and serve one another out of our reverence to Christ. As Regional Pastor, I have the privilege of witnessing and facilitating this kind of ministry throughout the Pacific Region. Our region also has the widest geographic reach to places like Buda, Texas and Nampa, Idaho. From the Pacific Ocean, Cascade mountains, and desert southwest, the beauty of God’s creation in the Pacific Region testifies to glory of God. 

 
Church planting is in our DNA as a region. Like a rock skipping across the pond, church after church was planted along the Washington Interstate-5 corridor, beginning at Rock of Ages in Seattle, then Lynnwood, Sammamish, Everett, Marysville, and places father north during the 1960’s and 70’s. Church planters in our region like Harland & Mabel Helland, Joe & Estelle Rangen, Joel & Barbara Egge, and Bob & Sally Overgaard established a legacy of healthy congregations. Church planting continues today with Kyle & Erika Sears at Redemption Church in Pasadena.
 
Along with the beauty of our region and churches, there is also great diversity in our congregations. House churches, such as Generations Church and Desert Rose in the Phoenix area provide a more intimate church body experience. Churches such as Immanuel LBC in both Pasadena and Eugene, Maple Park in Lynnwood, and Rock of Ages in Seattle testify to the long standing tradition and influence of the Lutheran Brethren on the west coast for over 50 years. Ministries like “The Call” at Rock of Ages and “Vespers” at Maple Park testify to a new generation of ministers who God is raising up to worship and proclaim Christ to our communities.  
 
Our mission as a region today remains as unchanged and glorious as the Gospel itself: to bring the Good News to anyone who would listen. We will continue to fulfill this ministry by supporting the local congregations, caring for our pastors and elders, partnering together in ministry, upholding one another in prayer. To God be the Glory!
 

Pacific Regional Pastor


 

2016-17 Contribution Report

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LBIM: Sending Single Women

Historically, there have been many single women who have faithfully served as missionaries on Lutheran Brethren International Mission’s Africa fields. These women served primarily in specific roles as LBIM partnered with our African sister Churches in their development. LBIM continues to value the role that single women can have on our Chad field for the

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Grace Alone: God’s Call to the Bagirmi

In March the Church of the Lutheran Brethren Council of Directors approved a plan to call Kay Asche as our next missionary to the women and children of the Bagirmi in Chad. To learn more about the strategy visit: www.clba.org/sending-single-women God’s Call to the Bagirmi I first sensed God’s call to go to the Bagirmi people

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2016-17 Fiscal Year End Update

Dear CLB Partner in Ministry, We come to the end of our fiscal year this weekend, and I am both grateful and hopeful for the mission of the Gospel which God has entrusted to us. I am grateful that God has deposited in us a rich gift in our theology of grace and the authority

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Life in Jesus

It is no overstatement to say that the death of Jesus Christ stands as the single greatest moment in all human history. On that dark, dreary day outside the city walls of Jerusalem, events of historical, even cosmic proportions were taking place. Not only did these developments contribute to the turning of the western world’s

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Life in the Shadow of Death

Have you ever received a call or heard a piece of news that cast such a shadow over you that it caused you to want to stop and turn back the clock? To return to a simpler time and place? To hit the reset button and begin again? What is it that would cause you

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A New Face at the CLB

Christa Redmann is the CLB’s new Executive Administrative Assistant in the Office of the President. This means that she is now the first face you are likely to see when you enter the denominational offices, and the first voice you will usually hear when you call. Faith & Fellowship interviewed Christa with the goal of

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Bittersweet Journey

Some days are full of optimism; some days look hopeless. Although this could describe the ebb and flow of many ministries, it is especially true of “renewal” work. I was called in 2014 to Immanuel Lutheran of Eugene, Oregon as its “renewal” pastor. At that time our small congregation no longer had an elder board,

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February 2017 Contribution Report

Hi, this is LaWayne Rogness, Director of Finance and Personnel for the Church of the Lutheran Brethren, and I would like to share with you this brief update on our 2016-17 contribution goals. We started our Fiscal Year in May of 2016 very strong, but each month after that we saw a decline…a decline until we

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Here I Stand: Against the Church?

“Unless I am convinced by the teachings of Holy Scripture or by sound reasoning… I am tied by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience. I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against my conscience is neither safe nor right. Here I stand. God help me! Amen.” As Luther uttered these

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A Remnant in Pasadena

Remnant. It’s a word that conveys emotion as much as description. A remnant is something left over from a larger portion or group, whether it be a remnant of clothing, food, or a community. Although remnants can be looked upon as leftover scraps, God assigns high value to his people set aside for holy purposes—those

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Look Up!

I’m far from a consistent movie goer. In fact, that’s an understatement. However, through the years there have been several series that I’ve really gotten into: Star Wars, The Chronicles of Narnia, and The Lord of the Rings. The imagination, characters, animation and plots are captivating. We had a friend who was so enamored with

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