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What we believe 
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s story is both ancient and timely. It’s a story of a powerful and patient God who has boundless love for all people of the world. It’s a story that brings deep meaning, comfort and strength to a growing community of people who live in modern, often unsettling times. Learn more about our beliefs—and become a part of this faith story.

Who is God? 
God is the creator of the world; the giver of life; the source of wholeness, healing and forgiveness; the champion of the poor and oppressed; the power of new life and resurrection. God creates, redeems and continues to sustain the world. Christians know God as the Holy Trinity — one God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. As Christians, we believe all people are created in God’s image and loved by God. We know about God thanks to the witness of the Scriptures and especially through Jesus Christ, who embodied God’s love for humanity. God’s grace is a gift, given through Christ and received by faith. There is nothing we can do on our own — good or bad — to earn this gift. We call this “good news” or the “gospel.” Through this gift of God, we are led by the Holy Spirit to love and work for justice and peace.

What do Christians believe?  
Christians believe that God came to us in Jesus Christ, a true human, humble and vulnerable. Jesus lived among us and demonstrated the good news in all he was and did. The good news is the promise that God loves us and saves us by grace alone. This promise was realized when Jesus was crucified. He died on the cross but was raised again in the body and in a new wholeness. As a result, through the gift of grace received by faith, all people can be made whole in Christ and set free to love and serve all people, particularly the vulnerable, just as God loves us.

What is faith and why is it important?
Martin Luther, after whom the Lutheran branch of Christianity is named, once wrote, “Faith is a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that you could stake your life on it one thousand times. … Through faith, a person will do good to everyone without coercion, willingly and happily; serving everyone, suffering everything for the love and praise of God, who has shown such grace.” Faith, then, is not about intellectually agreeing to a set of beliefs but about living in a trusting relationship with God in response to God’s grace. Faith is our confident hope that living in God’s promises sparks renewal to love and serve neighbors, as God in Christ loves us.

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Our Pastor


Pastor Mark Kuhlman became our pastor in November of 2023.     He has been in the pastoral ministry for over eighteen years serving within the West Ohio Conference of the United Methodsit Church in the  Maumee River District. 

Pastor Mark was born and raised in Findlay, Ohio and is graduate of Findaly high school. After graduating high school he attended the University of Northwest Ohio (Lima, Ohio) where he studied automotive scinece and high performance.  After completing his education at the University of Northwest Ohio, he continued working at his families aoutbody repair shop in Findaly, Ohio.

In 1998 Pastor Mark married his wife Amy who serves as the pastor of Riverpoint Ministries UMC in Point Place. They have three adult children, three dogs, and five cats.

Pastor Mark attended the University of Findaly for Religious Studies, Winbrenner Theological Seminary, and United Theological Seminary for his Masters In Divinity. 

He is serving Messiah Lutheran Church through "Full Communion" between the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and the United Methodist Church (UMC). 



Welcome and serve all people with the hope that every person may come to believe in Christ's promise of eternal life.


Teach and learn confidently.

Heal lovingly.

Inspire others patiently.

Serve prayerfully.


Genacross Lutheran Services

Luther Home of Mercy

Lutheran Camps in Ohio

Lutheran Socail Services of NW Ohio

Staff & Volunteers


Chuck P.

Secretary/Office Manager 
and Music Director


Leigh B.



Linda S.

Volunteer Bookkeeper


Diana S.

Office Assistant


Entrance &

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Black Top Parking
60 Regular Spaces
7 Handicap Spaces

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We Are Wheelchair Accessible

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