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


 

Olson Installed

On November 8, 2015, Immanuel LBC of Pasadena, CA installed Rev. Larry Olson as pastor. Regional Pastor Phil Heiser officiated. Post Views: 39

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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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Carrying Christ into a Broken World

With Christmas approaching, I think of the story of Mary—the mother of Jesus. She is a woman of opposites. She seems to be an ordinary Jewish woman, who most likely cooked, and looked after her home, husband and children. On the other hand, the Bible tells us she had an extraordinary life. She would be

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Eat Your Lasagna

Eat your lasagna!” “No, apple first!” “You have to eat one bite of lasagna!” “No, apple first! Apple First!” “Do you need a time out?! All you have to do is eat one bite of lasagna, then you can have an apple, it’s really not that hard.” “No lasagna!… a’ done, a’ done, ALL DONE!”

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The Ransom Drop

On a warm September day in 1972, a letter arrived at the home of Charles and Delores Thompson. Delores trembled as she held the letter. Charles could hear the fear in her voice as she called him into the room. It had been two weeks since they had heard from their son Nathaniel. He had

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Christmas: It’s Not Just a Day!

By late September every year, Christians start posting reactions on Facebook and Twitter about something that is making less and less sense to me every year. They react to the consumeristic reality of Christmas as stores line their shelves with Christmas decorations weeks before Halloween (sorry, I meant Reformation Day!). But as I understand Christmas

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The $6 Lamp

“Dr. Veum, can I tell you something?” The student asking is from the Dominican Republic. His name is Erick Benjamin Sede Eduardo. He wanted to tell me the story about how the Lord provided a study lamp for only six dollars. But first…a bit of background. Benjamin—the name his mother calls him—is 25 years old.

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Rev. Larry Olson Installed at Immanuel LBC

Praise the Lord for the ministry of Pastor Larry and Irene Olson.  Rev. Larry Olson was officially installed as pastor at Immanuel LBC on November 8 in Pasadena, CA.  Pictured (left to right): Jack Peters (chairman), Phil Heiser (Regional Pastor), Roald Runnestrand (elder), Larry Olson (pastor), Chuck Eidem (elder).

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CLB California

Praising God for His love and faithfulness in our California churches. This past weekend (November 7-8), Regional Pastor Phil & Wendy Heiser were able to visit with all four of our California pastors. On Saturday, they were able to visit with Joshua Amberson (photo upper-right) and hear his passion about leading our Fontana church in

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