In November 1988, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) appointed the
Reverend Jeffrey C. Ruby to serve as church developer in Spotsylvania County.
Pastor Jeff knocked on about 2,500 doors over the next several months, finally
receiving a sufficiently positive response to start gathering a new congregation.
Our first worship service was held at Battlefield Elementary School on February
26, 1989. It snowed! The service was attended by approximately 60 people, plus
the choir of Christ Lutheran Church of Fredericksburg. We continued to worship
at Battlefield Elementary for approximately ten months, until the new school
superintendent decided we were in violation of the separation of church and
state. By that point, however, the congregation was legally organized as a congregation
of the Virginia Synod, ELCA, on September 23, 1989.
We then moved our worship location to a banquet room in the Howard Johnson's Motel
on Route 1, and nicknamed ourselves the "Church of the HoJo". Needless
to say, this arrangement was less than ideal.
Seven months later, we found a new permanently temporary home at the Seventh Day Adventist
(SDA) Junior Academy on Route 3, west of Fredericksburg. [We changed the church's
nickname to "Our Lady of the Perpetual Foul Shot", in recognition
of the basketball hoops that adorned the gymnasium where we worshipped.]
The picture below shows our congregation at worship in the SDA gym. This location
proved to be a good one, and we continued to worship in this facility until
April 29, 1997, when our own church building was dedicated.
Our relocation was a long and somewhat trying experience. Early in our church's
history, we purchased a plot of just over 3 acres on Route 3. We subsequently
learned that, as a result of restrictions imposed by the Chesapeake Bay watershed
regulations, this property would not be sufficient for our needs. Later, we
were able to acquire the current church property (of just over 7 acres) at 6170
Plank Road, a few miles further west in Spotsylvania County. These pictures
were taken during the groundbreaking ceremonies in the summer of 1996, and as
construction drew to a close in early 1997.
Our congregation has been served by several previous pastors. Pastor Ruby, our Pastor/Developer,
accepted a call to serve a congregation in Phoenix, AZ, in March 1992. The
Reverend Alan J. Rider served from September 1992 to September 1994. The
Reverend V. Paul Conradt-Eberlin served at Resurrection Lutheran Church from
August 1995, through a period of strong growth (and the building program). In
March 2000, Pastor Conradt-Eberlin accepted a call to develop a mission church
in the Richmond, VA, area.
After several months of prayerful planning and searching, the congregation called
the Reverend James C. Kniseley and the Reverend Carol H. Kniseley to serve as
Co-Pastors of Resurrection Lutheran Church. They accepted the call in October
2000 and arrived in Fredericksburg in time to lead our services on the first
Sunday in Advent on December 3, 2000. The official installation
of Pastor Jim and Pastor Carol was held on February 11, 2001.
In 2003, we began a 10 year plan in response to God's call to grow and expand our capacity for
ministry. In 2004 we began planning to expand our facilities, and broke ground for our new 13,000 sq ft addition in March of 2007, which was completed in February 2009. See the archived Building Page for more details. Our congregation is now comprised of more than 300 members. We have established a World Mission Support Team in 2005, a Health Ministry in 2006, and reestablished the preschool in 2008. We celebrated our 20th Anniversary of September 13th, 2009. See our Photo page for archived images of our past.
In 2015, Pastors Jim and Carol Kniseley retired, and we entered a period of discernment in calling a new pastor to shepherd our flock. Pastor Tim Waltonen was assigned by Bishop Mauney to serve as our Interim Pastor during this time. Pastor Tim has served well and faithfully, guiding us through this time of expectation and preparation. On the 5th of March 2017, The Rev Heidi Moore was installed by our Germanna Conference Dean, The Reverend Sandy Wisco, as Pastor of Resurrection. Welcome Pastor Heidi!
We continue to reach
out to the community in the name of Jesus, seeking to fulfill our mission and vision:
"Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered, and sent -- for the sake of the world."
"Resurrection Lutheran Church is a Christ-centered family of believers, so deeply and confidently rooted in the Gospel of God's grace, that we are free to give our lives joyfully in witness and service to those whom God has brought into our lives: within our congregation, our community, and our world."
That Christ may be seen!
God has blessed our church body in many ways, and we desire to share that blessing
with the community. We hope that you will join us, and help make history with
us in the future!