It all began with a prayer and an act of faith. Clara Busch, a wife, a mother of 11 and foster mother to many more prayed for a Lutheran church to be started in La Mesa.
That prayer led to the calling of Pastor Andrew S. Lucas to plant this new church. Having served in Michigan before moving to California, the going away party for the Lucas family was held on December 7, 1941. During the party, word came that Pearl Harbor had been bombed.
In an act of faith, the Lucas family still followed God’s calling and moved to La Mesa. During a time of war, a church of hope was born. We still find ourselves in a world with war and in a community that needs hope
For more than 75 years, Christ Lutheran Church has provided worship services that celebrate God together. Understanding that such celebration is not meant to keep simply inside a holy huddle, Christ Lutheran has sought throughout her history to reach out to our La Mesa and East County community.
With a desire to pass on faith in Christ to the next generation, Christ Lutheran School was begun in 1958. For the past 56 years students and families have experienced quality education for kindergartners through 8th graders grounded in love for God and others.
Recognizing the need to help families with younger children begin with a good start in education, provide quality day care and affirm God’s love for all, Christ Lutheran pre-school started in 1992.
Having experienced God’s love in Christ, we have been led as a congregation to take God’s message of Jesus to the world through planting churches in India, Paraguay, Ethiopia and Burundi. On the La Mesa home front we have become regular participants of La Mesa’s Pick Up the Park day since its inception as well as encouraging and members and Life Groups to bring Christ’s love to others as we serve.
Since Day 1 of our existence, we have been associated with the national church body called The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
As we look forward to the future, we recognize that how we began is how God calls us to continue with prayer and acts of faith to keep on developing dynamic disciples for Jesus Christ.