Every other month our CLC Board of Missions updates us with recent news from various mission fields.
Our CLC domestic mission program assists in the spread of the Gospel by providing direction, encouragement, and financial support to preaching stations and congregations that are unable to support a full-time ministry on their own but demonstrate the potential to become a self-supporting congregation. In this way, the members of the CLC work together toward the goal of establishing self-supporting congregations in North America.
In the early days of the CLC, the main function of the Board of Missions was to distribute funds to support congregations that had formed during the split from the WELS/ELS and were not immediately able to support a full-time ministry. One might be surprised to know that in our sixty plus years, the CLC has supported over fifty mission congregations across the United States and Canada in places like Minneapolis, St. Paul, Seattle, Spokane, Phoenix, Eau Claire, Winter Haven, Cheyenne, Winner, Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, Houston, St. Louis, Corpus Christi, Madison, Sister Lakes, Rapid City, Loveland, Dallas, Fairfax, Bismarck, Sioux Falls, North Port, Detroit, Albuquerque, Fargo, Appleton, Weslaco, Tacoma, Vernon, and Atlanta. Over half of those congregations are now self-supporting, including Gift of God, Mapleton, which just became self-supporting last month.
Currently, the Board of Missions supports four domestic congregations: Living Hope, Appleton, WI; Zion, Loganville, GA; Ascension, Tacoma, WA; and Mt. Zion, Madison Heights, MI. The Committee on Domestic Fields has been active over the past few years producing bulletin inserts, Bible studies, and mission-themed worship services to assist all of our CLC congregations in carrying out the Great Commission (see us.lutheranmissions.org). The Board also maintains a list of preaching stations, which is published here for the benefit of CLC members living near these areas who wish to enjoy fellowship with like-minded believers.
May the Lord bless our efforts as we carry out His Great Commission at home and abroad.
Location Pastoral Contact Lay Contact
Alaska, Anchorage Pastor Dave Naumann Mr. Jay Schultz
(920) 266-5384 (907) 617-4970
Alaska, Fairbanks Pastor Dave Naumann Mr. Erich Hoffmann
(920) 266-5384 (907) 488-3017
Alaska, Ketchikan Pastor Dave Naumann Mr. Jacob Schultz
(920) 266-5384 (907) 254-9766
California, (L.A. Area) Pastor Luke Bernthal Mr. Kevin Fossum
(650) 282-5752 (951) 712-7752
California, Stockton Pastor Luke Bernthal Mr. Roy Cameron
(650) 282-5752 209-988-0148
Florida, Orlando Mr. Paul Kuehne
Michigan, Grand Rapids Pastor Stefan Sonnenfeld Mr. Richard Waldner
(701) 566-0924 (616) 457-9726
Missouri, Kansas City Pastor Sam Rodebaugh Mr. Justin Wenner
(414) 534-7279 (605) 484-5063
Lincoln, Nebraska Pastor Tim Daub Mr. Michael Wood
(605) 994-2145 (605) 216-3084
New Mexico, Albuquerque Mr. Robin Vogsland
Ohio, Cleveland Pastor Tom Naumann Mrs. Laura Hughes
(920) 266-5387 (440) 865-2534
South Carolina, Greenville Pastor David Pfeiffer
South Dakota, Aberdeen Pastor Tim Daub Mr. Jeff Kippley
(605) 994-2145 (605) 380-9565
Tennessee area Pastor Frank Gantt Mr. Chuck Templeton
(470) 701-8669 (931) 979-0840
Virginia, Fairfax Pastor Glenn Oster Mr. David Loop
(Washington, DC area) (803) 361-2739 (703) 250-202
Withrow/Mansfield Pastor Drew Naumann Mr. Luke Lillquist
(253) 414-4740 (509) 279-8889
Wyoming, Gillette Pastor Aaron Ude Mr. Jay Hollenbeck
(605) 393- 1311 (307) 680- 3777
Alberta, Calgary Pastor David Reim Michael Sandberg
(Canada) (250) 549-5250 (403) 998-5641