OUR MISSION VALUES
Jesus welcomed all people with no distinction. He taught, healed, ate, prayed, and wept with his friends—and so do we. Whether you come once or for a lifetime, you are fully welcome here, part of the family. You belong, just as you are.
We gather weekly for Sabbath, as have God’s people for millennia, to sing, pray, wrestle with God and others, and share a meal of forgiveness and freedom. We lean on ancient prayers and creeds and freely enjoy new styles and expressions of prayer and praise.
God provides all we need. Made in God’s image, we also provide for others near and far. From cups of coffee to quilts flown ’round the world to the Habitat House down the street, Faith’s members and friends answer the call to serve.
News, Events & Celebrations
Wednesday Night Alive!!
Where: Faith Lutheran Church
When: Wednesday’s @ 6:00 PM
Come and join us for food, fun and fellowship!
“Blue Christmas Service”
Where: Faith Lutheran Church
When: Sunday Dec. 15th @ 6 PM
Also known as the “Longest Night Service”, this is a gentle, contemplative service for those who are carrying pain or loss during this time of celebration. This will be a guitar led service where we will light candles, pray together and then hold communion where all are welcome to commune with us.
About the Pastor
How blessed I am, from where I’ve been to where I am.
Coming from Fairfield WA, my wife and I were blessed with the view of the rolling hills of the Palouse. Never was there a bad view no matter where we went. Like-wise, as we find ourselves now in the Bitterroot Valley, the view of the landscape is breathtaking. Even before we arrived at Faith Lutheran here in Hamilton we were welcomed. Since we have arrived, our welcome went from words, to actions of welcome with loving hearts and open arms to receive us, (and to help us carry many boxes and things into our new home). Gwen loves returning to Montana, and I love being here as well. We are blessed to be here.
I grew up a native flatlander from Newark Illinois, where my mom still lives on the farm I grew up on. I was baptized on July 8, 1956, and subsequently confirmed my baptismal faith in Jesus Christ on June 13, 1971. Helmer Lutheran Church was instrumental in nurturing and growing my faith. After High School, I attended the Lutheran Bible Institute of Seattle and Wartburg Theological Seminary. I continue meeting people where they are with the love of God through Jesus by the Holy Spirit—no matter where that is—at church, in my family, in our community, and in our world. I am also, often times, meeting Jesus as I meet people where they are. As a child of God, and throughout the years, it amazes me how big and how vast the family of God is. We are indeed blessed by God’s amazing grace and love.
I am happily married to my wife Gwen of 32 1/2 years. We are blessed with 3 grown children and 7 grandchildren.
I am excited for the blessings the future will bring.