2993 MacDonald St. Oceanside CA (760)757-2525
A member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -- ELCA
Rev. James Jerpseth -- Pastor Pastor.James@kingofkingslc.org
Pastor Tyler Crabe -- Seminary Intern TylerCrabe@KingofKingsLC.org
Lyn Hieb -- Music Director
Gregg Anderson -- Organist
Marie Hoveln -- Event Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Suzi Mastin -- Administrative Assistant Office@kingofkingslc.org
Nancy Whitlock -- Sexton (Custodial)
King of Kings Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). We belong the to Pacifica Synod, one of the 65 synods in the ELCA. It includes San Diego, Orange, Riverside, & Imperial counties in California along with all of Hawaii.
We are located at 2993 MacDonald St. Oceanside CA -- just one mile east of I-5 at the corner of Oceanside Blvd. and MacDonald St.
As a sign of hospitality, we offer Gluten Free wafers during communion. We have also started a directory of other Churches that do so. More Information HERE
King of Kings Lutheran Church organized as a congregation December 12, 1960 and was officially received into the Augustana Lutheran Church April 14, 1961. The church has been a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America since the Synod’s inception.
Our congregation has been served by the following pastors: Rev. Robert C. Janes, 1961 – 63; Dr. Alfred L. Grewe, 1965 – 67; Rev. Vern D. Jeffers, 1967 –71; Dr. Stewart D. Millon, 1971 – 87; Rev. John A. Lundblad, 1987 – 97; Rev. Douglas Knutson-Keller, 1997-2001; and Dr. David R. Kupka, 1998 – 2005. In addition, two interns have served our congregation: Charles Aden in 1995 and Monica Gaus-Langer in 2002-03. Three other members of our congregation have been ordained: Elli Kim-Bauer (adopted daughter of Pastor Millon), Jane Denison, and Ray Strong. Over the years, we have provided financial support to seminarians in their study to become pastors. Additionally, we supported a mission trip of five of our members to Guyana in 2004.
Lynn Hieb joined the staff as Director of Music in 1990, and during his time here has built our music ministry into one of the cornerstone features of our congregation. The program now includes a full chancel choir with over 30 members, an octet chamber choir, and a hand bell choir. Our worship services almost always include additional special music by Lynn on his classical guitar and other solo music so that each service has special music on Sundays.
We acquired a pipe organ in 1980, storing the larger ranks until we could move into our new sanctuary in 1994. In 2003, we replaced the organ console with a Rodgers digital organ that has the capability to integrate fully with the existing pipes in the church.
In 1993 the unoccupied parsonage was sold to a member of the congregation. Proceeds from this sale were used to fund the building of a much-needed new sanctuary. On Palm Sunday, March 24, 1994, we broke ground for our new building, which was completed in the fall. On November 20, 1994, we held our Service of Dedication. The following year the Bell Tower and Canopy were built with memorial funds. In 2005, 5 new stained glass windows were installed in the upper side windows of the church, also built with memorial funds.
When the parsonage, which had been named Kid’s Kampus and converted into an after-school tutoring facility, became available for sale again in 2003, the congregation bought it back. Renamed King’s Kampus in 2004, it provided Sunday School and Youth meeting rooms, plus additional office space and storage. During the construction of the new Fellowship Hall, it is being used as the primary meeting place for both church and community groups.
Over the past few years, the Church has signed 3 different leases offering space on our facility as Cell Sites, with the funds currently designated to capital improvements and support of the mortgage..
A Memorial Court was built and dedicated in March 2006, with memorial ‘tiles’ being sold to members. The space behind the larger memorial ‘tiles’ is a columbarium for the reception of cremation urns.
In 2006 a new Building Planning committee was organized to plan the replacement of the two older buildings (Parish Hall and Old Sanctuary) to be funded by a new building program. The committee hoped to have the new fellowship hall completed for the 50th anniversary of the congregation in November 2010. The new fellowship hall, The Gathering Place, was completed 6 months ahead of schedule in April 2010.
In 2007, Pastor James Jerpseth began serving as the Pastor of King of Kings. Pastor Dave Kupka returned to King of Kings as the part-time visitation Pastor. We are so lucky to have him return!
During Lent 2007, Cricket Communications finished work on their cell tower which is in the form of a 45 foot tall Cross. It was dedicated on Palm Sunday.
Late in 2007, the amendment to the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) needed to replace the old buildings was submitted to the city.
In the early spring of 2009, the congregation embarked on a Capital Campaign called "Building Our Vision -- A Golden Time for Giving". After the Capital Campaign a construction loan of $1,300,000 was secured from Thrivent along with a $1,500,000 permanent loan to cover the current mortgage and the construction loan.
The construction of the new building commenced on Aug 3, 2009 -- for photos of the construction, follow this link.
The Gathering Place, our new fellowship hall was dedicated on April 25, 2010.
In 2011, we started a contemporary worship service. First at 5pm but later moved it to 10:30am.
In 2012, we launched "Building Our Vision II" -- a continuation and expansion of the capital campaign for "The Gathering Place" read more about it here Brochure
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