Our Story

Welcome to Living Savior Lutheran Church!

Living Savior Lutheran Church of Tualatin, Oregon started as a mission congregation in the Northwest District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 1978.  Under the direction of missionary-at-large Pastor Hal Hingst, who also served as the first pastor of the newly formed congregation, the church was accepted into the Tualatin community and grew quickly. Over the years our congregation has been shepherded by many pastors.  Following Pastor Hingst’s retirement in 1989 the congregation was served by Pastor Joel Brauer.  Pastor Brauer was assisted by Pastors Steve Nikodemus and Shawn Hazel, who eventually left to serve other congregations as the lead Pastor.  Interim Pastors Max Schaeffer and Paul Schmidt served the congregation from 2000 – 2002, prior to calling Pastor Nathan Brandt.  Pastor Brandt served Living Savior for 17 years, bringing with him his love of technology, photography, gardening and many stories of his youth on a farm in Iowa.  Pastor Brandt’s “therapy” garden on the church property yielded produce for all and often ended up in soups or dishes during fellowship events.  After Pastor Brandt retired in 2019, Pastor Phillip Alexander emerged from retirement to lead us in a Vacancy Pastor role as we searched for our next Pastor to shepherd our congregation. His sense of humor and warm caring demeaner helped carry us through the vacancy. Thankfully, in late 2020, God led Pastor Kevin Fenster to Living Savior. He began his role as senior Pastor on December 1, 2020.

Living Savior Lutheran Church is located on the former site of the Valley Dairy and the original church building was dedicated in 1980.  The facility had a multi-use room for meetings, fellowship and worship services in addition to classrooms and a preschool.  A new sanctuary was built as an addition to the original building in 2009 and reflects a theme of hands raised in supplication and praise to God.  Following a fire in 2012, a new fellowship hall, classrooms and preschool were built to replace the original building that had been completely destroyed and the newly built sanctuary was able to be repaired.  The new facility was re-dedicated in 2013.  Tualatin and the surrounding communities provided gracious and amazing support following the fire, for which our congregation will always be grateful.  Our church is dedicated to ensuring the new building provides meeting space and facilities for the community as a way of giving back.  If you have anything that Living Savior might be able to help with, please don’t hesitate to talk to us about it.  As our mission statement says “Alive in Christ, we share the love of Jesus — we serve, care for, support and nourish each other, our community, and the world!”

The true hope and joy of our congregation is to be found in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the amazing grace he has given to each of us.  As such, we provide many ministries to our congregation, the community and the world.  Please visit our Ministries and Sunday School/Bible Study pages to learn more about services we provide and places where you can also serve.

God Bless,

Living Savior Lutheran Church

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