St Paul Lutheran Church, 1200 Walker St. Des Moines, next to East High School.
We are a multi lingual congregation. The 9 AM service is a small English speaking congregation. The 11AM service is Laotian.
My name is Wayne Almlie, I have stepped in for Pastor Bob Solberg who passed away just a few months ago. I serve the English speaking part of the church. As an English speaking congregation we have a choice to make, we can keep doing what we are doing and eventually just fad away, or we can strive to "Strengthen what remains" (Rev 3:2).
I believe there is room In Des Moines for a Conservative Lutheran church that has made a commitment towards traditional worship. Personally I am a traditional low church guy. Low church meaning not liturgical. I prefer sung hymns that are rich in theology to liturgy that is repeated every week and becomes rote.
Just so you know, we do have a pipe organ but don’t always have someone to play it. We have been using a boom box with digital music for our hymns when we need to.
I grew up American Lutheran Church in northwestern Minnesota. The pastor of my youth was a big believer in evangelism and was active in the "Lutheran Evangelistic Movement". I walked away from God as a teenager and got involved in the usual scene that teenagers get involved in, but I had a conversion experience at 17 that changed my life. So this is my back ground. I strive to preach both Law and Gospel, as Luther taught.
If you are looking for a new challenge in Des Moines, If you like the old Lutheranism of your mother's or even yourGrandmother's Lutheran church, then I would like to talk. Call me, e-mail me or just show up for church sometime.