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Lord of Life Lutheran Church

North Pole, Alaska

History of Lord of Life

The work of the American Lutheran Church, now the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America located in North Pole, Alaska, began in the summer of 1975 when Reverend Lowell Stime arrived to organize the new congregation. From a meeting of interested persons held May 13th at the North Pole Public Library a task force was formed to give direction to the new ministry. The first worship service was June 15th at the North Pole Elementary School. The congregation was officially organized and incorporated as Lord of Life Lutheran Church on October 26th, at the morning worship service. Charter membership at the end of 1975 was 92 baptized members. Property was acquired and a church was built. Three hundred people attended the dedication of the new sanctuary on October 30, 1977 with Bishop C. Solberg officiating.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church serves the North Pole area, Two Rivers, Moose Creek, Salcha, and the Eielson Air Force Base. We have grown to over 300 baptized members with many active Associate members and non-members. Lord of Life Lutheran's congregation is the gathering of believers around the Word of God and the Sacraments in order to discover, affirm, deepen and strengthen our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior equipping us to witness to that faith. Our first 35 years have been a true blessing. Many people have touched our congregation over the years and we hope that we have touched them through the ministry of the Lord of Life Lutheran Church.

As we continue to grow and fulfill our mission statement, it became evident that changes were needed in the building. A lift and remodeled restroom facilities have been installed making Lord of Life Lutheran Church handicap accessible.

Lord of Life Lutheran Church is a direct result of the United Mission Appeal. Having freely received
of God's grace through His people, we now, through God's grace, spread the ministry of God. We serve the Lord of Life.

In the past 40 years, Lord of Life Lutheran Church congregation has been blessed with God's enlightenment through the Christian Leadership of our Pastors and Interim Pastors.

History of Lord of Life Pastors


  Lowell Stime
1st Pastor
 1975-1980
     Eldon Lyso
    Interim Pastor
 1980-1981
  Paul Daniel  
2nd Pastor
 1981-1988
     Richard Noeldner
    Interim Pastor
 1988
  John Voelker
3rd Pastor 
 1988-1993
     Robert Swope
    Interim Pastor
 1993
     Jon Gilberts
    Interim Pastor
 1993
     Ed Baltzeren
    Interim Pastor
 1994
  Shelley Wickstrom
4th Pastor
 1994-1997
     Dick Thompson
    Interim Pastor
 1997-1998
     Ed Baltzeren
    Interim Pastor
 1998
  Kathrin Radach
5th Pastor
 1998-2008
     Paul Balaban
    Interim Pastor
 2009
  Amanda Kempthorne
6th Pastor
 2009-present