The continuing purpose of this congregation, as a gathering of Christians, is to spread to all people in God’s world the glory of the cross of Christ, by sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ on the basis of the Holy Scriptures (1 Peter 2:24; Matthew 28: 18-20; Mark 16:15).
Our Core Values
We Are a Christ-centered Church
This world can be a difficult place to live. That’s why we need someone who is always going to be there for us, someone who can assure us that everything’s going to be ok. Only Jesus Christ provides real and relevant comfort for our lives here, and he does it by assuring us of the life in eternity which he won for us by his own life and death. When we focus on him and what he’s done for us, this world can never get the better of us.
We are a holistic church
Christ and his work don’t apply only to a part of a person, but to the whole person. In the same way, our congregation seeks to serve the whole person. That means serving people from birth to death, in all walks of life, in whatever situations they find themselves in. It means getting to know all sides of a person so that God’s Word can be applied to heal and restore.
We are a discipling church
“Disciple” means “student.” Since the spiritual blessings God gives us are all connected with his words in the Bible, we place a big emphasis on learning the Bible. We grow in faith (and thus in our ability to live in grace and share his glory) by being in the Word. We are always striving to learn more ourselves and teach others the truths of God’s Word.
We are a relational church
Our church seeks to know, understand and serve people. We’re a family that looks out for each other. We understand that none of us is perfect, and we work to encourage one another in love as we grow into the people God wants us to be.
We are a family-focused church
There are so many activities pulling families apart in our world. Church shouldn’t be one of them. We seek to promote the spiritual growth of the family as a whole by providing learning and service opportunities that the whole family can take part in.
We are an adaptive church
Some things can never be improved, like God and his Word. However, our methods of presentation can certainly be improved. We seek to adapt to changes around us and make use of the latest modes of communication and technology in order to make the wonderful message of God’s Word accessible to as many people as possible.
Meet The Team
Pastor Ehlers is a 1998 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin. He served 4 ½ years as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Crandon, Wisconsin and Christ Lutheran, Hiles, Wisconsin. He then served 5 ½ years as pastor at St. Luke Lutheran, Jackson, Michigan. Most recently He served 4 years at Grace Lutheran Church, South Saint Paul, Minnesota. Pastor Ehlers has been involved in building two churches and assisted at Michigan State University.
To develop his artistic abilities he has been learning and working in the stained glass trade since he was in high school.
Pastor Ehlers is married to Susan, who is a graduate of Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, and has continued her education in the early childhood field. They have 2 children, Eden and Adam who both attend Wisconsin Lutheran College. Pastor Ehlers enjoys spending time with his family, designing and creating stained glass, and loves to watch sports.
Ben is a 2010 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary. His first call was to serve the mission field in Novisibirsk, Russia, where he directed evangelism efforts and served local congregations for six years. He now serves as Cross of Glory’s administrative pastor and works primarily on the Jomax campus with the school.
Ben is married to Becky, who graduated in 2006 from Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN, with a degree in elementary education focusing on music. They have three children: Levi (9), Kirsi (7), and Katya (1). Ben loves to camp and hike, but he can be a bit of a book nerd as well.
Coffee enthusiast of Starbucks only, Cardinal fan, don’t judge, mother of six and love my church. This is super exciting for me to be working in the ministry at Cross of Glory. Doing this job feels like home to me and this position could have not been a better fit.
I have been a Lutheran all my life and have been a member of this church since it was a mission church back in 2001. Family, family, family is always my focus, whether they like it or not. Raising my family is a fulltime job and now that everyone is in school, there is time for me to get back to using my talents in other ways.
Married in 2007 to my amazing husband Jim, who brought to the family his fun and adorable son, Reno. My daughter Emma and I were truly blessed. We had four more children to add to our wonderful family, Elle, Alivia, Cruze and Luca.
Traveling to our ranch in New Mexico and Disneyland is a family must. Running marathons, working out, hiking, biking and anything to do with outdoors is what our family loves to do.
Our beliefs are fully founded on the Bible, which is God’s Word to human beings. It provides all we need to know for life here on earth and forever in heaven. We also agree with the way the Bible’s teachings have been explained in the Lutheran Confessions as contained in the Book of Concord. Below you can read what we teach and believe on a number of different points.
Get in Touch
We’d love to hear from you. Visit us this weekend or contact us using the information below.
Saturday Evening6:00 pm
Sunday Morning 9:00 am
Sunday Morning10:30 am
AddressLake Pleasant Elementary School 31501 Westland Road, Peoria, AZ 85383
School and Preschool
School Hours 8:15am – 3:15pm
School Office Hours 8:00 am – 4:00pm