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


 

2015-16 CLB Fiscal Year End Report

Dear CLB Pastors and Leaders: Today we praise God for His provision and we thank Him for you. We have closed the books on our 2015-16 fiscal year. As many of you know, we faced together a difficult challenge as we entered April, the final month of our fiscal year, needing to raise just over

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Is the Cart Before the Heart?

As a Christian and a Lutheran, I hold near and dear the truth that it is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone that I am saved. Years ago, when my oldest grandson was only five years old, I asked him if he understood what this Bible verse meant: “Abraham believed God and

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Christian Mandalas

“He has inscribed a circle on the face of the waters at the boundary between light and darkness” (Job 26:10, ESV). The foyer of Maple Park Church in Lynnwood, Washington is filled with art. Each unique work was inspired by a different passage of Scripture. The individual compositions all began with a circle, and they

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Hillcrest President to Step Down

Rev. Steven J. Brue, president of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, is stepping down from the President’s Office effective June 30, 2016. “After prayerful consideration, I have submitted my letter of resignation to the HLA Board of Directors as President of Hillcrest Lutheran Academy. An opportunity has come to be directly involved with

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CLB Fiscal Year Update 4/27/16

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Pacific Region North – L.E.A.D. Retreat

President Larson shared and spoke at the at the L.E.A.D. retreat (Love, Equip, Aspire, Develop) this weekend in Cannon Beach, Oregon, at the Cannon Beach Christian Conference Center. He was blessed to be able to share God’s word on the theme of “The Gospel in Leadership.”

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Son Rise

Right before dawn, I’d like to grab a seat on the top of Mount Nebo in Israel, to stare into the darkness to see if I can make out the image of a cross. There actually is a cross there on top of Mount Nebo. It’s a bronze cross, created by an Italian artist, Giovanni

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Olson Installed

On November 8, 2015, Immanuel LBC of Pasadena, CA installed Rev. Larry Olson as pastor. Regional Pastor Phil Heiser officiated.

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Wilson Ordained

On November 1, 2015, Jeremy Wilson was ordained at Lutheran Brethren Church of Nampa, ID. Regional Pastor Phil Heiser officiated.

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Living in Exile

During 17 years of living as bi-vocational missionaries in a “closed” country in East Asia, my family and I have grown accustomed to the small twinges of reverse culture shock that we inevitably experience whenever we return to the U.S. for a home assignment: orderly traffic, beautifully manicured green lawns, large people, and a bewildering

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The Spiral of Silence

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges decision, making same-sex “marriage” a constitutionally protected “right,” is rightly regarded by advocates and opponents alike as a tipping point for the nation’s sexual revolution. The decision itself was hardly a surprise. “Blue states” had been approving homosexual marriage for years1 while the White House was

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A Letter to the Church in Exile

To my dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ—now the Church in Exile: I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Over the past several decades it has become increasingly clear that the world in which we live does not share at a foundational level our understandings of truth, beliefs, or values. We

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