About Peace Lutheran Church

 

Begun 51 years ago to provide a Lutheran presence in the high desert community of Holbrook, Peace Lutheran has always been a small congregation.  "What we lack in size, we make up for in warmth," says charter member Elaine Snell, laughing, "You can't slip through the cracks here!"  With just a 50-seat capacity sanctuary, Peace has had difficulty filling even those pews for much of its history as people have come and gone.  "Part of the problem has been the lack of good, consistent, residential pastoral leadership," reflected Barbara Justman, another charter member.  "We've either had poor pastoral leadership, no pastoral leadership or, when we got a good one, he didn't stay long."

 

"We're excited about our future now!" exclaims Congregational President Del Novell.  In January of 2012, long-time friend of the congregation, Pastor Jeff Johnson, accepted a call to be the pastor of Peace.  Pastor Jeff and his wife, Mary, purchased a home in Holbrook and have committed to being a part of Peace's growth and witness.  In the nearly four years since Pastor Jeff's arrival, attendance has more than quadrupled, but jokes Johnson, "That's not saying much when you start with about ten faithful saints."   Nonetheless, there's a positive spirit at Peace these days with worship attendance slowly climbing, vibrant weekly Bible study/educational programs and any number of outreach ministries.  "It's great to see these things happening," adds Irene Enlund, yet another charter member.

 

"There are advantages to being small," states Pastor Johnson.  "Everyone knows each other, and cares for each other.  There's a spirit of unity here and a 'let's pull together and do this' attitude.  It's an exciting time in this congregation's history." 

 

 

While small in size, Peace's leadership has big dreams for the congregation.  See the Future Vision section of this website to see some of those details.  If you choose to visit Peace Lutheran Church--and stay--don't expect to sit around.  We need everyone to utilize his or her spiritual gifts to both remain the warm and friendly congregation we currently are and to achieve the vision we believe God has given us.  Come!  Be a part on a congregation "on the grow!"

 

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 Easter Sunday 2015

 

 
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