Many people enter the virtual doorway to our church here on the Web before
coming through the actual doors. Either way, we extend the same welcome.
We want you to feel at ease, look around, explore and ask questions.
As you check out this site or come to visit us for worship,
we trust you will find Christ Lutheran to be an active community of faith
where there is a place to make life-long friends while enhancing a
life-long relationship with Christ.
Through faith in Jesus and with the instruction of the Holy Scriptures we receive
the promise of heaven and the fullest, most liberating lifestyle here on earth.
This is the message we wish to share with you.
Christ Lutheran Church was established as a mission congregation in Columbia,
Howard County, Maryland in 1992. Our nearly 100 members come from all over the area
and many different walks of life.
"Christ Lutheran Church is a family joined together by God's love through our Savior,
Jesus Christ, to worship the Lord, to grow in His word, and to share His love with all people."
We chose as our symbol a great tree -
vibrant with leaves and rooted in Christ, our Lord and Savior.
"I am the vine." Jesus told us, "and you are the branches.
If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing."
As Lutherans, we believe that we and all people have been infected with a terminal disease called sin,
which has caused a broken relationship with our Creator. We believe that only through trust in the innocent
life and death of Jesus Christ can anyone be saved from our sin and its consequences and restored
to a right relationship with God and eternal life in heaven. We believe that the Bible was directly
inspired by the Holy Spirit and is the only authority in matters of faith and doctrine,
and we share with all Christians the beliefs expressed in the ancient Trinitarian ecumenical creeds
Nicene Creed, and
We have an old expression:
"Saved by grace alone, through faith in Jesus Christ alone, through God's Word alone."
We'd be happy to share all that this means with you!
Christ Lutheran is a member of the
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
(WELS, for short), a nationwide and international Lutheran church body, which began in 1850.
Today, WELS is the third largest Lutheran church body in America
that has grown to more than 1,200 congregations (just in North America);
it has over 400,000 baptized members served by more than 1,000 pastors.
Click here for the WELS Q&A.
Our church is led by Pastor Jeff Samelson, who came to us in 2000 from the seminary
(Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary).
Before deciding to study for the public ministry, Pastor Samelson worked overseas
in the U.S. Foreign Service. He and his wife Charlene have two children,
Joel and Rachel (click on the picture to enlarge). If you are looking for
a structured outline of our beliefs, the best way for us to help you
is personal interaction between you and our pastor - e-mail him
with your questions, or check out our Bible Information Class. The class is designed for non-members
to explore, without obligation, what we believe as found in the Bible. God's lessons for life - here and
hereafter - are not just dry and dusty truths to be shelved in a library somewhere. They make a difference!
After much work and many years, Christ Lutheran Church has finally moved
into a home of its own. While we have appreciated the relationships we've formed at the
Owen Brown Community Center in Columbia, where we have met on Sunday mornings for more
than a decade, we recognized long ago that to effectively serve our community and to do
all the things we have been called to do we needed our own facility.
If you are interested to view reports on the construction of our new building,
please click here:
Our education hour begins Sunday morning at 9:15. We offer an adult Bible study, a teen Bible study,
and Sunday School classes for younger children. At 10:30 we hold our worship service, a modern setting
of the traditional Lutheran liturgy. The congregants and choir sing hymns of praise chosen each week
to accompany and support the Bible readings and the sermon. Our members celebrate the Lord's Supper
on the first and third Sundays of the month. (for more on our worship, please click here:
worship and fellowship
We meet for worship and fellowship at our new building at 12570 Clarksville Pike
(State Route 108) in Clarksville, Maryland. Come join us in worshipping!
Click on the map above
to view our location map.
If you want to see the location of our church on the map, please, click the map image to your right.
If you'd like to learn more about our church, our beliefs, our fellowship, and our mission
in central Maryland, please contact the church office at (301) 854-2100 or by
writing to Pastor Samelson at
Christ Lutheran Church, Clarksville, MD. Last updated May 19 2013.