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Founded in 1870 by thirteen German-American families, Cross Lutheran has seen many changes over the course of its (almost) 150 years. As the community around it changed, Cross embraced the diversity of all kinds. It was not always an easy road. At many moments, it wrestled with its moments of transition, from welcoming its first African American members in 1959 to its decision to fully embrace LGBT members in 1989.
As Cross grew in understanding and compassion, it developed ministries, many of which are now independent nonprofit organizations. Through it all, Cross evolved a dynamic, mission-driven congregation that reaches out to the neighborhood and its people.
We invite you to learn more about Cross and its history from several different angles. Visit The Rabbit Hole to learn more about Cross and the ever-changing communities that helped to shape it.
The Rev. Werfelmann (1870-1877)
The Rev. J. C. Strasen (1879-1922)
The Rev. E. F. Schueler (1922-1942)
The Rev. Reynold Lillie (1941-1956)
The Rev. H. H. Schauland (1957-1967)
The Rev. Joseph Ellwanger (1967-2001)
The Rev. Robert Crabb (2003-2005)
The Rev. Kenneth W. Wheeler (2005-2013)
The Rev. Michelle Townsend de López (2013-Present)
The Rev. Ron Ballew
The Rev. Vic Hoffman
The Rev. Jeff Johnson
The Rev. Vivianne Thomas-Breitfeld
The Rev. Michelle Townsend de López
The Rev. Arlen Solem