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WHAT WE BELIEVE

We believe that God works to reach us, give us life, and change us. We are stuck in the chains of this world, pursuing that which is pointless, even that which is evil. But He has broken those chains by dying on the cross, and then has given us a new hope and purpose by resurrecting into new life. He is present within our lives in beautiful and mysterious ways, foremost of which are the preaching of His Word, the baptizing of people into new life, and the communion meal of the Church. We have God’s presence through His Holy Spirit, not only now, but also into eternity. And this is the hope we wish to share with everyone whom God places in our lives.

We are a member congregation of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod. www.lcms.org 

WHO WE ARE

The mission of Benicia Lutheran Church is to make disciples of Jesus Christ and serve members of the congregation and surrounding community through worship, education, witnessing, fellowship, and service.

Our community is close-knit, and the same is true within our faith family; but we are always hoping to welcome new people into this family. Christ is continually bringing new and exciting opportunities into our path, so we are responding to His grace with continual self-examination in light of that grace. Right now, we are reflecting upon our lives of faith up to this point, and we hope to move forward in prayer and submission to God’s will.

OUR PASTOR

Pastor Phillip Kohlmeyer

CHURCH SECRETARY

Secretary

Donna Noska

We are a church family recreating ourselves with a focus on youth, discipleship, and community outreach.
 
Short History of Benicia Lutheran Church

Beginnings: On May 16, 1976 fourteen people gathered together at the home of Bill and Linda Ballowe to discuss the possibility of starting a church in Benicia. They had a vision of a Lutheran congregation in Benicia. So they rolled up their sleeves, united their efforts, and worked hard together in order to accomplish the task of starting a Lutheran congregation. Their vision was realized when Linda Bellowe, the lay delegate from Benicia Lutheran Church, signed the constitution of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod during the April 10-13, 1980 58th Convention of the California-Nevada-Hawaii District on behalf of Benicia Lutheran Church. The congregation then celebrated that event during its May 18, 1980 Charter Sunday Worship Service.

Pastors: In May of 1977, Christ Lutheran Church in Martinez graciously allowed their pastor, Rev. Russell Howen, to lead and nurture the members of Benicia Lutheran Church. In January 1981, Pastor Richard C. Glock accepted the call to be pastor of Benicia Lutheran Church. After Pastor Glock retired over a decade later, Pastor Charles Simonson accepted the call to be Pastor of Benicia Lutheran Church in April of 1994, staying for a few years before accepting another call. After a two-year vacancy, Pastor Gary Bell was called to be pastor of Benicia Lutheran Church; he was installed on May 16, 1999. In February of 2009, Pastor Jason Moreno was called as Associate Pastor in charge of youth and evangelism. In August of 2010, Pastor Moreno became head pastor. Pastor Bell retired from Benicia Lutheran Church in November of 2010. In March of 2011, Pastor Moreno resigned as pastor. Benicia Lutheran then began the interim ministry process in May of 2011 to reevaluate itself and its ministry before looking for a new pastor. Pastor David Rose was our Interim Pastor during this transition period and performed his final Worship Service on Sunday, August 4th, 2013.

We are very excited to introduce Pastor David Floyd who grew up in southern California, and went all through school in the little town of San Marcos. His dad, being a professional surfer, taught David to surf which he still enjoys today among other interests such as sailing, playing guitar, weight training, and spending time with his wife Laura, his son, Carey, daughter, Christa, and his two grandchildren, Juliahnna and Jayden.

David graduated from Concordia University Irvine with a Bachelors degree in Religion and Psychology, and went to Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he graduated with his MDiv. Pastor Dave is currently working on his dissertation for his Doctorate in Missiology.

His first Call was to Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School in Carson City, NV, where he planted a mission church, River of Life, in Dayton, NV. Pastor Dave served at Zion Lutheran Church in San Luis Obispo as Associate Pastor for missions and outreach from 2000-2002, and prior to coming to Benicia, Pastor Dave served at St. Marks Lutheran Church in Ferndale, CA from 2002-2013.
Pastor Dave’s wife, Laura, is an interior designer who enjoys gardening, vintage things and her children and grandchildren.
All are welcome to come and Worship with us each Sunday.