Lord of Life Lutheran Church
North Pole, Alaska
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.
| 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|