Our History

Lamb of God Church began 25 years ago in the San Carlos Park area of Lee County, Florida as two churches. In 2004, the two congregations were legally merged to form the first Lutheran Episcopal Congregation in the State of Florida, and only the second in the nation. This merger was approved by both the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and the Episcopal Church USA. The rest as they say, “is history”. Learn more about how we got started, our merge with St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church, and what we’re up to now!

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MAY 1982A New Ministry Profile was submitted to form Lamb of God Lutheran Church.
NOVEMBER 1982Rev. Byron W. White, SR. was called as the first Pastor.
1985St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church was organized and services were held at San Carlos Park.

E. Maurice Pearce was the Priest-in-Charge.
1994Walter Fohs was installed as pastor at Lamb of God Lutheran Church.
2000Although the federated congregation was not legally formed until 2004, the Lamb of God Church and St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church began meeting together in late 2000.
2001The Arbor was completed.

St. Joseph Episcopal Church and Lamb of God joined together to form the “Lamb of God Lutheran-Episcopal Adventure”.

Father Richard Palmer and Pastor Walter Fohs served the congregation.

2002Becky Robbins-Penniman, an Episcopal priest, joined the congregation. Walter and Becky’s ministry was creative, dynamic and laughter filled, and LOG was truly a united congregation.

2004Lamb of God Church became the first federated Lutheran and Episcopal Congregation in the State of Florida and only the second in the nation.
2009Lamb of God Church gets a brand new logo and Identity Statement.
2012-2013Pastor Ted Copland, an Episcopal interim priest, guided us through the process of calling a new pastor. Through a congregation-wide survey, several forums and many hours of collaboration, a Profile about who we are as a congregation was written and was been sent out to possible candidates.
AUGUST 2013Rev. James Reho was installed as pastor at Lamb of God Church.
2014Walter Schuman was officially recognized as Associate Pastor.

Timeline


1982
A New Ministry Profile was submitted to form Lamb of God Lutheran Church and The Rev. Byron W. White, SR. was called as the first Pastor in 1984.

1985
St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church was organized and services were held at San Carlos Park. E. Maurice Pearce was the Priest-in-Charge.

1994
Walter Fohs was installed as pastor at Lamb of God Lutheran Church.

1995
Decision was made to sell the existing building, using the proceeds to pay off the mortgage and initiated a campaign to raise $500,000 to purchase a new site and construct a new building.

2000
Although the federated congregation was not legally formed until 2004, the two congregations began meeting together in late 2000 The gradual merging of two congregations into one was historic. Lamb of God Church became the first federated Lutheran and Episcopal Congregation in the State of Florida and only the second in the nation.

2001
The Arbor was completed. St. Joseph Episcopal Church and Lamb of God joined together to form the “Lamb of God Lutheran-Episcopal Adventure”. Father Richard Palmer and Pastor Walter Fohs served the congregation.


2002
Becky Robbins-Penniman, an Episcopal priest, joined the congregation. Walter and Becky’s ministry was creative, dynamic and laughter filled, and LOG was truly a united congregation. During this time we professed our values as “Boldly Inclusive, Intentionally Challenging and Joyfully Spiritual”.

2004
Lamb of God Church became the first federated Lutheran and Episcopal Congregation in the State of Florida and only the second in the nation.

2011
Becky left Lamb of God to become the senior pastor at an emerging church in northern Florida.

2012
Pastor Walter retired from Lamb of God after a long and rewarding career in the ministry.

2013
Pastor Ted Copland, an Episcopal interim priest, guided us through the process of calling a new pastor. Through a congregation-wide survey, several forums and many hours of collaboration, a Profile about who we are as a congregation was written and was been sent out to possible candidates.

In August of 2013, Rev. James Reho was installed as pastor at Lamb of God Church.

2014
Walter Schuman was officially recognized as Associate Pastor.

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