About Christ Evangelical Lutheran Church

WHO WE ARE

Our Vision

Christ Lutheran Church strives to be a welcoming, caring, innovative, and spiritually vibrant Christian community serving Waterloo, Ontario.

Our History

Because Christ Lutheran Church was established as a mission congregation, geographical boundaries for membership recruitment were initially limited. Many of our members still live within these boundaries and walk or cycle to Sunday worship from their homes.  

  • 16 October 1966 – The prospective congregation holds its first public service at Winston Churchill Public School, Waterloo.
  • 19 February 1967 – Charter Sunday. Prospective congregation members enrol as charter members.
  • 9 April 1967 – Organization Sunday. The charter congregation of 132 confirmed members and 91 baptized children (223 baptized persons) is recognized as Christ Lutheran Church.
  • 1968 – The Board of American Missions purchases five acres of land on Anndale Road at Lexington Road.
  • 6 April 1969 – Easter Sunday. The congregation holds its first service at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
  • 12 March 1972 – The congregation votes to build on the Anndale site.
  • 28 October 1973 – Reformation Sunday. The congregation holds a cornerstone service.
  • 24 March 1974 – The congregation holds its last service at Waterloo Lutheran Seminary.
  • 31 March 1974 – Hallelujah Day. The congregation holds its first service in the new church building.
  • 26 May 1974 – The new church building is dedicated to the glory of God.
  • 1978 – The congregation adopts the Lutheran Book of Worship as its new hymnbook.
  • 30 October 1983 – Reformation Sunday. The congregation burns the mortgage.
  • September 1987 – The congregation moves to two Sunday worship services.
  • 1990 – The congregation sponsors its first refugees, families from El Salvador and Namibia. 
  • 1992 – The congregation celebrates its 25th anniversary with Founding Pastor Roy Grosz. 
  • 1994 – A pipe organ is reconstructed and restored. 
  • 1996 – The congregation adopts With One Voice as a hymnbook supplement.
  • 1999 – The congregation establishes a Community Garden.
  • 28 January 2001 – Ground is broken for a new sanctuary.
  • 15 July 2001 – The congregation holds its first service in the new sanctuary.
  • 30 September 2001 – The new sanctuary is dedicated.
  • 2004 – Worship returns to one Sunday service. 
  • 20 November 2005 – Founding Pastor Roy Grosz's Born to Prevail: Twenty Years of Lay Ministry is dedicated. 
  • November 2006 – The congregation adopts Evangelical Lutheran Worship as its new hymnbook.
  • 8 April 2007 – A new baptismal font and paschal candle stand, made by congregation member Jerry Binkley, and a new bowl and ewer, made by potter Barbara Murphy, are dedicated.
  • 29 April 2007 – New stained glass windows, designed by stained glass artist Sarah Hall and made at Studio Glasmalerei Peters, in Paderborn, Germany, are dedicated. 
  • 6 May 2007 – 40th Anniversary Homecoming Sunday. Former Pastors Roy Grosz and George Mayer are guest preachers.
  • 18 November 2007 – Pastor James Brown’s Parables of Light, a study of the stained glass windows, is dedicated.
  • 15 February 2009 – Eight congregational couples renew their wedding vows.
  • 29 May 2011 – The congregation records its first service live. 
  •  6 May 2012 – The congregation votes to ratify the ELCIC's motion for full inclusion of gay and lesbian Lutherans in congregational life.
  • September 2013 – The congregation holds its first Community Barbecue.
  •  24 May 2016 – Phase I of the Sanctuary Garden is dedicated. 
  • 2017 – The congregation adopts Inshallah's Sing the Circle Wide as a new hymnbook supplement. 
  • 2017 – The congregation celebrates its 50th anniversary and the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. 

Our Pastors

1966 – 1967            Roy Grosz, Mission Developer

1967 – 1986            Roy Grosz, Pastor

1986 – 1987             Al Baetz, Interim Pastor

1987 – 1993            George Mayer, Pastor

1993                        John Boehmer, Interim Pastor

1994 – 2015            James Brown, Pastor

1999 – 2005            Jeff Senior, Youth Ministry Coordinator

2005                         David Wilk, Interim Youth Ministry Leader

2005 – 2018            Alicia Becker, Youth Ministry Team Leader, Youth Minister, Youth / Community Minister

2015 – 2016            Olavi Hepomaki, Interim Pastor

2016 –                     David Malina, Pastor

 Our Ministries

Our many ministries of hospitality and support grow from Eucharistic worship each Sunday.

  • We host educational events, most recently focused on how better to live in right relations with Indigenous neighbours on the Haldimand Tract (1784).
  • We host a meditation group.
  • We host a Prayer Shawl Ministry.
  • We host Yoga on the Lawn.
  • For many years, we enjoyed a partnership with Martin Luther University College (https://www.wlu.ca/academics/faculties/martin-luther-university-college/index.html; formerly Waterloo Lutheran Seminary) as a site for students’ supervised field placements. 
  • Christ Church is also home to other organizations:

Our community involvement and outreach grow from an earnest desire to embody the gospel of Jesus Christ.

  • We host community events, such as our Annual Community BBQ, our Annual Christmas Craft and Bake Sale, and our Annual Play.
  • We host a Community Garden.
  • We support The Food Bank of Waterloo Region (https://www.thefoodbank.ca). 
  • We support the resettlement of refugees in Kitchener and Waterloo.

We are committed to good communication.

  • Our Sunday services are livecast for those who are shut in or travelling or for those who simply want to follow the service remotely.
  • Christ Lutheran Pastor David Malina and team welcome requests for conversation and discussion.

Governance

Christ Lutheran Church is guided by a Council of members elected by the congregation and led by Pastor David Malina.

Christ Lutheran Church belongs to the Eastern Synod (http://www.easternsynod.org) of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (http://www.elcic.ca).

We share the Eastern Synod’s Vison for Mission (2016 – 2018) to be a “church in mission for others,” which includes practicing spirited discipleship and pursuing compassionate justice.

The Future

The Christ Lutheran Transitions Team is discerning options for the congregation and its land and facilities at 445 Anndale Road so that we can continue to live God’s mission into the future.