Who We Are

We are a member of the American Association of Lutheran Churches (AALC) with roots in the American Lutheran Church (ALC).

A warm and caring congregational family
Sermons and teachings that are Bible based and relevant to your daily life
Services that offer traditional, blended, and contemporary music
Programs that cater to all ages
A relaxed atmosphere where dress ranges from casual to professional
The Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God and is the basis for all we do
That faith in Jesus Christ is the only way to be saved
That the historical confessions of the Apostle's, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds are trustworthy summary teachings of the Christian faith
That Jesus Christ is the true Son of God and truly man

Our church is about its people and how we can reach out to others so that they, too, can "know Christ and make Him known". No matter where you are in your spiritual walk, whether you are young or old, rich or poor, single or married, you are always welcome at CLC.
Christ Lutheran Church was founded in April 1951 as a Mission Congregation of the Women's Missionary Federation (WMF) of the former American Lutheran Church (ALC). Under the guidance of Reverend Garland Gotoski the church rapidly grew. Seventy-five men, women and children met as a congregation at its first service held on Easter Sunday, April 18, 1952, in the Piedmont School gymnasium, while waiting for the church to be built. We soon outgrew that facility and purchased four acres of property on Ensign Street. Construction of the new church building began in June of 1965 and was completed in March, 1966. Additions to the existing facility were made in 1991 and in 2000.

Pastor Gatoski continued to serve our congregation until October 1955, at which time Pastor Merill Herder became our pastor until 1961. Pastor Dennis Schlossin then served as pastor for the next 30 years until his retirement in October 1991. During that time Pastor Thomas Aadland served as assistant pastor until 1990, when he became Senior Pastor of the American Association of Lutheran Churches (AALC) in September of 1999. Pastor Michael Main served as the pastor from January 2000 until October 2017. In July of 2005, we welcomed the addition of Chris Schroder who was the Associate Pastor until May 31, 2012, when he left to shepherd his own church in Holstein, IA.

CLC has been blessed since its inception with pastoral leaders who have been grounded in a biblical christian foundation. Through the years, our pastors have shared this evangelical and Christ-focused message in their sermons and Bible studies. We are so thankful to have these wonderful teachers and leaders.


We would love to have you utilize our church for your event. If you would like more information please contact us at church@clcduluth.org.

The uniting of one man and one woman in marriage is one of the most important and exciting events in a couple's life.  Let us help you plan this blessed occasion and celebrate the gift of marriage that God has so richly blessed.

“Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” Ephesians 5:31


When a loved one dies it can be a time of tremendous stress and grief. God tells us that He will not test us beyond our ability (I Cor. 10:13). Although you may have to face the loneliness that follows, the pastors and family at Christ Lutheran Church is here for you, to listen and to help,

The funeral service allows family and friends to honor and recognize the life of the person we have lost to death. The following information is provided to help assist you and your loved ones in making funeral preparations. Please feel free to call the church office at 722-7537 for further assistance.

"And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away." Revelation 21:4
You may choose to leave the flowers at the church following the funeral. They will be recognized the following Sunday during worship.

The Memorial Committee oversees memorial donations and can assist you as to where memorials can best be directed.

For a veteran a flag may be arranged over the casket during visitation and service.



General Questions

Yes, Christ Lutheran Church is a member of the AALC (American Association of Lutheran Churches) which currently has over 75 congregations.

Members of the AALC believe the words of Scripture to be the inspired Word of God and the only infallible rule of faith. The AALC allows its member churches freedom to express their faith and beliefs in the style of worship and music and forms of Christian education that they feel best serves their particular culture without compromising the authority of God's Word.
CLC was founded in April 1951 and held its first service in April 1952. It has been at its present location since March 1966.
You will find a church with a warm and friendly atmosphere; where sermons and teachings are relevant to your daily life and are based on the Bible as the inerrant Word of God.
Our services include a wide variety of music, from contemporary praise and worship to the traditional. Many of our songs include the use of keyboard, piano, flute, guitar, and bongos.
CLC has a relaxed atmosphere where dress ranges from casual to professional. We feel it is more important that you are here to worship, not what you come to worship in.
Yes, our church is accessible for wheelchairs, etc. We have a working elevator that can take you from the main floor to the Fellowship Hall.