History

On March 17, 1985 sixty-six people met at the John F. Kennedy Community Center in Arizona City for the first worship service of what would become Central Lutheran Church.

On March 9, 1986, the church was formally organized as a member congregation of the America Lutheran Church (now the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America – ELCA) with 109 charter members.

The construction of the Arizona City worship facility was completed in April of 1989, with the first worship service held on April 16th. 

On November 22, 1992 Thom Stephens was installed as the congregation’s first full time pastor. Pastor Thom is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound (1979) and Luther Theological Seminary (1984) and has served as pastor in Scottsbluff, NE and Scottsdale, AZ. He and his wife, Alyson, live in Arizona City and have three adult children.

In April of 2002 the newly constructed activity building was dedicated.

In 2006 Central Lutheran Church celebrated 20 years of touching the lives of the hundreds of members and visitors who have passed through its doors. The membership of the congregation presently consists of approximately 140 families.

In October 2009 the congregation opened its second worship site in Casa Grande. The multi-site model being used emphasizes one congregation, one staff, shared resources, at two locations.

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