PROCLAIM THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST
“Blessed shall you be when you come in and blessed shall you be when you go out.”
Deuteronomy 28:6
We are grateful for the faithful efforts of our predecessors and of future members to be good stewards of our beautiful sanctuary. 
1975 Our first worship service at Sun Dial Recreation Center with 187 in attendance
1977 The first worship in our brand new Sanctuary at 17200 N. Del Webb Blvd with 632 members
1982 Added Administration building and enlarged Fellowship Hall
1976 Chapel built in what had been the choir room and narthex
1994 Dedication of Columbarium with 288 double niches
2000 Mortgage burned at 25th Anniversary Celebration
2002 Dedication of Cassavant-Freres Pipe Organ
2007 Purchase of new 32 passenger bus; former bus gifted to Martin Luther School 
2011  Columbarium enlarged to 432 niches, roof and seating added
2015 “Moving Forward in Faith” Capital Campaign
2017 $4M of renovations and improvements were completed for the entire campus and parking lot, including the sanctuary. The campus was further augmented with a storage building, administration offices, and commercial grade kitchen.
2020 “Sparked by the Spirit” Stewardship Campaign began


OUR CLERGY
“How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!” Romans 10:15
“Every day, in the temple and from house to house, they did not cease teaching and preaching Jesus as the Christ.”
Acts 5:42
Senior Pastors
1975-1979 Rev.  Elmer H. Hjortland  
1979-1982 Rev.  Grant V. Sorenson
1982-1998 Rev. Lloyd R. Wallace
1998-1999 Rev. Ellis “Bud” Eskritt, Interim
1999-2007 Rev. Mark G. Huggenvik
2007-2008 Rev. Rick Alpers, Interim
2008-2018 Rev. Gary E. Benson
2018-2022 Rev. Lowell D. Nelson
2022-Present Rev. Paul Campbell, Interim


Associate Pastors of Care Ministry
1996-2011 Rev. Ervin Langholtz
2002-2007 Rev. Maria Valenzuela
2002-2013 Rev. Wendell C. Shiell
2008-2018 Rev. Ellis “Bud’ Eskritt
2011-2016 Rev. Lane L. Knouse
2011- 2021 Rev. Gary Ulrich
2019-2021 Rev. Judith Rainforth
2021-2022 Rev. Maria Valenzuela, Interim
2021-Present Rev. David Sivecz, Interim
   
Associate Pastors of Outreach
1986-1999 Rev. Otto Wedel
1999-2019 Rev. Charles Paulson

Music Ministry 
"Oh come, let us sing to the Lord; let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!"
Psalm 95:1
1999 Carillon bells installed in the domed tower
2000 Work began to modify the sanctuary for a new pipe organ
2001 Cassavant-Freres Pipe organ delivered from Quebec, Canada
2002 Organ dedication featuring Guest Organist Michael Burkhardt

Organist/Music Directors
1985-2007 Gene Hersrud Organist/Music Director
1999-present George Zoske, Christo Bells Director
2007-2019 Thomas A. Ohnesorge, Organist/Music Director
2019-2020 Linda Shirck, Interim Organist/Worship Coordinator
2020-present Dr. James T. Gerber, Organist/Worship Coordinator 

Choir Directors
1975-1979 Clyde Parnell
1979-1980 David Quill
1980-1983 Dave Vikturek
1983-1994 Richard Romero
2019-present Janet A. MacDonald
With a superb organ and acoustics for spirited worship, ALC has also won recognition as a preferred venue for musical performance groups through our Concert Series including The Phoenix Chorale, Phoenix Boys Choir, Phoenix Symphony, ProMusica of Arizona, and others. 


INVITE OTHERS TO PARTICIPATE IN OUR FAITH COMMUNITY
"For just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we, though many, form one body, and each member belongs to all the others."
Romans 12:4-5


Membership 
From 187 attendees in 1976 to 632 members in 1977, the church experienced rapid growth and is said to be the first church north of Bell Road in Sun City’s early development. Twenty years later, in 1996, membership had grown to 1642. By 2005, church membership was at 1,526. Current membership is 1,270 with an average weekly attendance (pre-pandemic) of 884. Quarterly membership orientations welcome over 50 new members annually. We welcome new members to participate in our faith community! 


BE A BLESSING TO ALL IN WORD AND DEED
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms."  1 Peter 4:10
1986 ALC became a Stephen Ministry congregation with the efforts of Rev. Otto Wedel. With 114 trained Stephen Ministers (52 currently active), we are one of the top three churches in the world in terms of size of our Stephen minister program.
1992 Wednesday Night Alive program was launched to offer mid-week fellowship opportunity and worship experience
1992 ALC Members Malcolm & Maybelle Estrem gifted the Grand Canyon Synod with the Spirit in the Desert Retreat Center
2016 Designated Sun City’s “Best Places to Worship” and received the “Servant of Christ” award from Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest
Late 1980's ALC began an on-going relationship with Pan De Vida Lutheran Church in Surprise, AZ with after-school tutoring, summer Bible camp, and financial and food support.
2019 Navajo Mission Walk for Water raised over $50K to help build a new well on the Navajo Nation. We continue to support the Navajo Evangelical Lutheran Mission at Rock Point with clothing, food, and supplies.