Our History

In August of 1978, Mission Pastor Dennis Marttala began to develop a new congregation of the Lutheran Church in America near Clackamas Community College in Oregon City. The new congregation met first at Moss Junior High School, and later in a re-modeled dairy barn that held an archery range (the pastor tried to preach on target!) and woodstove store. The organizational worship service was November 29, 1981. In 1988, POL became a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, when three Lutheran bodies joined to form the ELCA. We celebrated our congregation’s 30th anniversary in November of 2011. 

      • October 1978: First service 
      • November 29, 1981: Organizational Service and signing of the charter
      • June 24, 1984: Groundbreaking for the original building, off highway 213
      • December 16, 1984: Dedication of the building. Total cost: $285,000 plus volunteer contributions valued at $20-25,000
      • May 1992: Groundbreaking of the new site off Meyers Road. Building is cut in two, trucked to its current site, and laid over a daylight basement. Square footage is doubled, and mortgage is paid off
      • 2000: The corner of Hwy. 213 and Meyers is developed, and Haggen Food and Pharmacy becomes a neighbor


      • 1978-1982: Pastor Dennis Marttala, Mission Developer
      • 1982: Pastor Stan Hoobing (interim)
      • 1982-1988: Pastor John Baglien
      • 1988-1998: Pastor Jim Flachsbart (Pastor Joel Nangole from Tanzania was a visiting pastor in 1989)
      • 1998-1999: Pastor Linda Larson (interim)
      • 2000-the present:  Pastor John Reutter-Harrah


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