Church History

 

In 1945 a call was extended by the Mission Committee of the California District of the American Lutheran Church to Mr. L.A. Kampfe to found a new Lutheran congregation in the community between San Jose and Santa Clara. The first service was conducted August 12, 1945, with 42 persons in attendance. On December 2 of that same year the new mission was organized into a congregation with 19 members.

Click here for a summary of milestones since 1945 including: new buildings, pastors over the years, ordination of women, evolution to a new organizational structure, becoming a Reconciling in Christ Congregation and entering into a Sister Parish relationship with a congregation in Rwanda.

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History of the ELCA

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was formed over 20 years ago. This new church was formed from three separate and well-established North American church bodies:

  • The American Lutheran Church
  • The Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, and
  • The Lutheran Church in America.

Beginning January 1, 1988, these churches, with shared beliefs and missions, officially formed the ELCA. Two decades later, this energized church is composed of 4.8 million members and nearly 10,500 congregations across the U.S. and Caribbean. Today, the ELCA reflects the rich and diverse heritage of the people it serves.

 

 

 

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June 26, 2022

WHEREAS further disclosure and transparency concerning the reasons for the closure of Grace Lutheran Church in San Francisco are needed, particularly as this pertains to the pastorate of Pastor Megan Rohrer; and

WHEREAS it appears that a full disclosure of the litigation in which Pastor Rohrer and Grace Lutheran Church were involved to the Members of the Sierra Pacific Synod in Assembly might well have resulted in a different election result when Pastor Megan Rohrer was elected as Bishop of the Sierra Pacific Synod; and

WHEREAS Bishop Rohrer exhibited a lack of Christian grace, toward their staff and Pastor Nelson Rabell-Gonzalez, in the handling of the issues surrounding Pastor Nelson Rabell-Gonzalez and the congregation of Mision Latina Luterana (now known as Iglesia Santa Maria Peregrina); now, therefore be it

RESOLVED, until such time as these issues are addressed by the National Expression of the ELCA, and either rectified or refuted, and notification given to the church-at-large, Holy Redeemer American Lutheran Church of San Jose:

  • will not participate in Sierra Pacific Synod meetings/assemblies; and
  • will not remit any contributions for the direct support of the Sierra Pacific Synod; and
  • will continue to monitor the situation in the SPS and research cogent questions in order to make a further decision.

Passed Unanimously

Holy Redeemer American Lutheran Church

San Jose, CA

Special Congregational Meeting

April 24, 2022


Sunday

Celebration & Communion

10:00am

 


 

Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church

is a

NAMI - Santa Clara County

Mental Health Friendly

Stigma Free

Faith Community

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Holy Redeemer Lutheran Church

is a

Reconciling in Christ Congregation

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About Holy Redeemer:


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