We acknowledge that we gather, worship, work and play on the unceded and traditional land of the Stó:lō people, particularly the Aitchelitz, Cheam, Kwaw kwaw apilt, Shxwha:y, Skowkale, Skwah, Soowahlie, Squiala, Tzeachten and Yakweakwioose First Nations.
We are an open and welcoming congregation that strives to “do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with God” (Micah 6:8). We strive to be a vibrant, inclusive, caring, loving, praying, worshiping community that lives out God’s Gospel in deed and in word. Please come and be a part of our faith community.
Christ Lutheran was established on January 18, 1940. The original building was located at Victor and Cleveland streets. The current building on Charles Street was dedicated on May 16, 1971. For many years worship services were in both the German and English language, but since 2000 services have been in English only.
The congregation has been served by 10 pastors. Dean Andersen has been with us since 2004.
Christ Lutheran Church, Chilliwack, is a congregation of the BC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC).
Rev. Dean Andersen, was born in Victoria, BC. He is a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, Washington and Waterloo Lutheran Seminary, Waterloo, Ontario. Prior to his move to Christ Lutheran he has served congregations in Nova Scotia, Ontario and Manitoba. He is married to Kate and they have three children.
Pastor Dean desires that all people feel welcome to our community of faith and that all might hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and experience the Spirit of God active and alive in their lives.
LUTHERANS IN CANADA
Although we are part of one of the largest Christian groups in the world, we Lutherans aren’t very well known in Canada. Part of the reason for this, is that there aren’t very many of us.
The ELCIC, of which Christ Lutheran Chilliwack is a member, is quite a young denomination. We began in 1986, through the merger of two Lutheran groups which in turn were the result of other mergers before that. In 2015 our ELCIC had 519 congregations and claims loyalty from about 111,500 baptized members. You will find us in many of the country’s major cities, in southwestern Ontario, across the Prairies and in pockets in the rest of the country such as British Columbia and Nova Scotia’s South Shore.
We call ourselves evangelical because it is a word deeply rooted in our history. Evangelical is the name that has been used to describe us as far back as the 1520s, long before it took on other connotations in North America. It describes the church that organized around the teachings of Martin Luther with the gospel as the center of those teachings.
We call ourselves Lutherans because we base our teachings on the Bible and the Book of Concord, which remains the basic definition of what it means to be a ‘Lutheran.’ Martin Luther, an Augustinian priest who lived in the sixteenth century wasn’t trying to start a denomination; he was trying to reform the Church.
The first Lutheran services in Canada were conducted in Churchill, Manitoba, in the fall of 1619, by the Rev. Rasmus Jensen, a chaplain who accompanied an ill-fated Danish expedition searching for the Northwest Passage.
For much of our history in Canada, we have been a church of immigrants. When we met together, we often used the language we brought with us because it was more comfortable for us to worship God that way. Hearing about God’s love in words we understood made us feel more at home in a strange land.
Today English is the primary language used in the ELCIC. However, some of our congregations still use the languages we brought with us, from Danish, Norwegian, and German to Chinese, Vietnamese and Eritrean. No matter what language we speak, however, we hope to provide you with a gracious welcome, and that you will experience the love of God among us.