Who We Are
Grace Lutheran Church is a community of faith, centered in worship, held in Grace, strengthened in love, sent forth in mission, in Jesus’ name.
As a community church, it is important for us to be open and affirming to all people regardless of age, sex, color, ethnic background, physical or emotional health, disability, economic status or sexual orientation. Grace Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and our members throughout Des Moines come to Grace as a community of faith to worship, to learn, to serve, to pray and to live through Christ. Welcome!
History of Grace Lutheran
Grace Lutheran Church was founded in the 1920s when the western edge of the city of Des Moines touched corn fields. It was Mrs. John Beck who said, “It is by the grace of God we have come as far as we have,” in making the motion that the congregation be called Grace. And so on June 30, 1927, 42 charter members officially organized to establish Grace Lutheran Church on its current site. These original members had been part of a small group of Lutherans who began gathering in a rented home across from our present location in November of 1924 and later built the first worship space, a single room called the Lutheran Community Chapel, dedicated in March 1925.
From that single room has blossomed a thriving church. The preceding decades have seen growth, renovations and updates but one thing has stayed constant—Grace Lutheran Church’s dedication to inclusion, community and worship. The same soil that has been bountiful for Iowa farmers for centuries, proved to be just as nourishing for our church. When the seed falls on good earth, it grows, yielding thirty, sixty and a hundredfold.
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MEET OUR CONGREGATION
The Wilner Family
Members of Grace since 2016
Why Grace is the right fit:
Grace Lutheran has been a wonderful neighborhood church for our entire family to grow in our faith experiences. The youth group has been inspirational and an exceptional experience for our older son. He looks forward to meeting with the group often and participating in the volunteer activities. He also really enjoys the Grace Players acting troupe which has proven to be an excellent source of mentors and friends within the congregation. Our younger son has grown in his faith through Sunday school, music and new friendships. As parents we have enjoyed our involvement in these activities, growing our faith as well!