From the Desk of the Pastor

First Lutheran has been blessed with the service and guidance of five Pastors in its 75 year history in Concord.  Reverend Andrew Jones recently accepted the Call to serve as our Pastor, and was Installed early August 2018.

Over time this page will be "owned" by Pastor Andy ... please look forward to his comments and insights.

As an introduction, Pastor Andy and Stephanie, his wife, both grew up in Minnesota, and met in college at Concordia University in Saint Paul. They were married in a Minnesota blizzard on April 26, 2008 (yes, you read that right).  After college and marriage, Andy and Stephanie served in Turkey for two years with our Synod's Office of International Mission, teaching English and building relationships with their students and neighbors. This was followed by another two years in Germany, Andy working with youth and children at an English-speacking congregation while Stepanie served as communication specialist for the Eurasia region.

The couple moved to Saint Louis in the summer of 2013 as Andy entered Seminary. Andy completed a Master of Divinity degree in 2017, followed by a Master of Sacred Theology degree in 2018, focusing on practical theology with an emphasis in preaching. At the same time, Stephanie worked for Concordia Plan Services, assisting Lutheran workers and employers with their health, retirement, and other benefits.

Interim Pastors

In 2015 Rev Jedidiah Maschke, our pastor since 2008, was extended and accepted a Holy Call to serve as Pastor of Bethlehem Lutheran Church and School in Carson City, Nevada. We are grateful for the dedicated service of Pastor Maschke, for the support given by his wife, Anna, and the cheerfulness and joy of their childeon, Ali, Jerimiah, and Abi.

Prior to the Installation of Pastor Andy we were first served by Reverend Ted Zimmerman and then by Reverend Dann Ettner as interim Pastors. We were fortunate to have these two Godly men guide us during our time searching for a new full time Pastor, and are thankful for their service and patience.

Sermon Podcast

Many past First Lutheran Church worship service sermons are available online for your listening pleasure.

The most recent Podcasts are available at the right, publication suspended following our previous Pastor's move to Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Carson City, NV.  Click here to access Pastor Maschke's sermon Podcast series. The podcast is also listed on the News Feed page of the Resources tab.  You may directly subscribe to our site feed by clicking on the "feed" icon in the upper right hand corner of this site or through your browser's "subscribe to feed" feature.

And these audio files are available free through the iTunes Store; subscribe to "Messages from First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Concord, CA".

Additionally, transcripts of Pastor's 2009 sermon series on The Lord's Prayer are available in our site's WordPress Blog; click here to view that series.

We believe in the Triune God; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross and rose again for our Salvation.

We believe that God offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life to all who sincerely believe in Christ.

We believe that the Holy Spirit gives and strengthens faith through the Word of God and the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. This faith is a joyous faith that offers strength and courage to the disheartened and provides real purpose for living and certain hope for the dying.

We believe that Christians express their faith in a life of regular worship, prayer, Bible study, witnessing, serving, and fellowship.


You are invited to talk with Pastor Ettner or our members to learn more about the trust and peace we have in Christ.

To learn more from reference material on the Web site of our administrative organization, The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, please click here.

Luther_RoseThe Luther Rose, also known as the Luther Seal, is easily the most recognized symbol for Lutheranism, and for good reason. Martin Luther personally oversaw the creation of this symbol. It provides a beautiful summary of his faith, a faith that is common to all Christians, of every place and every time. Here is how Luther explained the meaning of his seal:

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