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


 

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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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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