Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Anchorage Alaska
10955 Elmore Road
Anchorage, Alaska 99516
SERVICES TIMES Sundays: 8:15am 9:45am 11:00am DECEMBER ADVENT SERVICES: Wednesdays 7pm CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICES: 4:30pm 6:00pm and 7:30pm CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE: 10:00am
Leader InformationPastor Edwin Weber
About the Church"Since its beginning, Amazing Grace Lutheran Church has always been a mission church. With the growing economy of Alaska in the 1960s and 70s, and the increasing population of South Anchorage and the Hillside neighborhood, in 1967 the American Lutheran Church purchased property at the corner of Elmore and OMalley.
In 1974, mission developer Pastor Al Solmonson began knocking on doors in a search for members. His search proved fruitful, and a group began gathering for worship services, first at Kehls Mortuary and then at Huffman Elementary School. The congregation was officially organized as Amazing Grace Lutheran Church on Sunday, November 24, 1974.
A year later they were gathering for the first service in the basement of their new building, constructed by Bob Hawkinson (a member of the church) and many workers and volunteers on the Elmore and OMalley property. The building was finished and dedicated by Easter of 1976. Stewardship of time and resources proved invaluable during the early days of Amazing Grace. Volunteer effort had a key role in constructing the building, and the generosity of members helped the new congregation to support itself, instead of receiving the American Lutheran Church subsidy for mission churches, only ten months into its existence.
With the arrival of Pastor Don Parsons in 1978, Amazing Grace began to come into its own as a teaching congregation. A much-needed educational wing was constructed for the church. A series of nine seminary interns, many of whom returned to Alaska during their ministry, served at Amazing Grace during the 1980s. Amazing Grace was growing into a larger, more vibrant community. The importance of focusing on youth and family ministry became a key focus of Amazing Graces mission on the Hillside. This only continued during the leadership of Pastor Glen Groth and Pastor Bruce Engebretson."
-From Amazing Grace Lutheran Church, Anchorage, Alaska