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


 

Contribution Report 10/14/2016

Greetings from the Church of the Lutheran Brethren. It is indeed a privilege to come to you with an update on our finances. We were roughly $65,000 short of our anticipated goal at the end of August. That means we were 13% behind our goal for the year. We were praying for that gap to close

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Merciful Unity

Every four years, the eyes of the world are fixed on two very different events: the Summer Olympics and the United States presidential election. I wonder if this wasn’t somehow planned. In the midst of an election season marked by controversy and great division, the Olympics serve to unite an otherwise divided nation. Whether liberal

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Introducing Steve Tonneson

At the 2016 CLB Biennial Convention President Paul Larson sat down with Steve Tonneson, the CLB’s new Associate for Advancement Ministry. Tell us about yourself. I am a graduate of Minot (North Dakota) High School and Minot State University, where I earned my degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting. I’ve been married

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LBS Class of 2016

L to R: Dr. Mark Erickson, Dr. David Veum, Rev. Troy Tysdal, Professor Nathan Oldenkamp, Pastor Craig Schmidt, Professor Brad Pribbenow, Kay Asche, John Zwiers, Naomi Evans, Pastor Darren Shaw, Pastor Kevin Skaret, Pastor Clint Knutson, Pastor Ben Hosch, David Narvesen, Pastor Luke Kjolhaug, Pastor Clayton Robison, Pastor Drew Nelson, Dr. Eugene Boe, and Dr.

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UnDone Mission

“Our Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.’ In the same way, after supper he took the cup, saying, ‘This cup is the new covenant in my

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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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