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


 

Urban Church Plant

“You can’t read the Great Commission without concluding that we serve a SENDING God who intends for us to be a GOING people. This means we’re never to be satisfied with where we’ve already gone or what we’ve already built. Rather, in submission to his call we step out to new locations and plant and

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A ‘New’ Epiphany

As I sit down to write this article (aided by my third cup of coffee; sorry for the jitters), I am surrounded by comfort: The comfort of a parsonage that looks great and is plenty spacious. The comfort of a Staten Island neighborhood that is safe, clean and fun for my kids to run around

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RP Announcement

Two primary components of the Regional Pastor mission stand out in my mind. The first reminds me of an insurance company’s branding campaign some years back that explained its deflecting nature; it called itself, “the Quiet Company.” The first priority given our Regional Pastors as their ministry began in its formative stages five years ago

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Every Shepherd Needs a Shepherd

“Surely he had picked the wrong person,” I thought to myself. The year was 1999 and I had been chosen the month prior to lead a team of desktop computer support professionals at Safeco Insurance. As a 29-year-old first-time manager, I felt overwhelmed by my responsibilities and the needs of those under my leadership. I

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Introducing the Stantons

The Church of the Lutheran Brethren and International Mission have called Jeremy and Sallee Stanton, along with their daughters, Olivia and Abigail, as our newest missionaries to our Chad field. The Stanton family has accepted this call and are now on staff with LBIM as of June 1. The Stantons lived in Appleton, Wisconsin, and

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Pressing On!

The Bronson family is pressing on in their “call” and passion to bring the gospel to the unreached people of Chad. Danny and Mandy have sensed this call and pursued this vocation for years. In the summer of 2013, they left home and traveled to France with their three boys (Zeke, Theo and Jonah) to

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LBS Class of 2015

BRENT ANDREWS Brent’s background includes work as a public school librarian, a middle school teacher, and a specialist in technology. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Master of Arts in Library Science. He is married to Kari. Brent and Kari serve as foster parents. His daughter, Micaela, is a college junior.

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At the Intersection of Via Dolorosa and Wall Street

It was warm without being too warm in lower Manhattan on Columbus Day, 2011. I was in the city for a two-day meeting at 7 Hanover Street, not far from Wall Street’s bronze Charging Bull and Zuccotti Park. The DoubleTree hotel, my temporary quarters, was an easy walk just to the east. Zuccotti Park was

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Opposition from Within

The Church faces opposition. It is natural for us to focus our attention on outside forces aligned against the Church. For example, Christians experience opposition from human authorities, from their own families, and from death. But there is also another source of opposition. The story of the rich young ruler exposes the opposition we all

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Robison Ordained as Elder

On March 1, 2015 Scott Robison was ordained as an Elder at Cornerstone Community Church in Ferndale, WA. Pastor Bill Helland officiated the ordination.

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When It Dawns On You

It was a gorgeous spring day at Coyote Hills Golf Course. My friend Darren and I had just reached the tee box for the 13th hole. We had stopped keeping score because we already had the score we liked! The score card said 70, the thermometer said 70. Leaning on our drivers while waiting for

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A Journey of New Beginnings

Desera and her husband Bryan will be renewing their wedding vows on their fifth anniversary, the day before Easter. Pretty special, right? More remarkable is the journey God has taken them on during those years. Here’s Desera’s story. “I never had a faith. I struggled with addictions most of my life. Back in 2010, when

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