St. John the Divine Church

St. John the Divine Church is a historic, orthodox, confessional parish "built on Christ Jesus himself" (Ephesians 2:20). We adhere to the Gospel message of salvation by grace alone, through faith alone, upon Scripture alone. In a culture full of anger, fear, and loneliness, we have the vision to be an intentional Lutheran community where the Gospel is proclaimed boldly, the Sacraments celebrated joyfully, the Faith taught clearly, the cross is embraced prayerfully, and we serve humbly.

Our Pastor is the Rev. Dr. Ike Nicholson. Pastor Ike and his wife, Shauna, were married in 2005 and they have four children, ages 3-14. Pastor Ike was ordained in 1995. His doctoral research was in catechesis, which is just a fancy word for Christian Education.

St. John the Divine is gladly in fellowship with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod and all her partner church bodies in the International Lutheran Council throughout the world. We trace our heritage through the Reformation to the ancient church established by Christ himself.

What We Believe

We are a parish of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod. You can learn more about what we believe here and how that motivates us toward mission here.

Our Crest

St. John the Divine references the theological depth of St. John, the writer of the fourth Gospel. The word "Divine" is an older word that means "theologian." St. John is represented in Christian art as an eagle.

"UAC" references the Unaltered Augsburg Confession, as it was presented on June 25th, 1530, as the confessional standard of Lutherans throughout the world and throughout history. "Lutheran" was the name given to us by the Roman Church. Originally called the "Evangelical" church, many Lutherans understand themselves as evangelical catholics or Augsburg catholics, that is, we hold to the truths of Scripture, tracing our history back to the 1st-century church.

The parish was founded in 1928 as a mission by the English District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.

John 1:1-5: Teaches us that Jesus is the Eternal Word, God in the flesh, the second person of the Godhead. "1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. 4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it."

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