Our Story

Our Story

Nazareth Lutheran Church has been in Hopewell for 90 years. We are a part of the Southeastern District of the Lutheran Missouri Synod. Our pastor is Rev. Wallace Shifflett. Our mission statement is "Reaching out to all in faith and love, sharing the good news of Jesus Christ and serving joyfully!"

The Congregation was born on Feb. 19, 1928, when a group of Lutheran men and women gathered in a borrowed hall with the express purpose of organizing a congregation in Hopewell. One month after organizing, the small congregation purchased four lots at the corner of 20th and Grant streets. Ten years later, after diligent planning and saving, the first church building was constructed and dedicated on Sept. 18, 1928.  Pastoral candidate Frank G. Koehler, who had been serving the congregation, was ordained and installed as pastor, a position he held until his retirement in March 1978. The growth of the congregation in the late '40s and early '50s brought about the construction of a new and much larger church building which was dedicated on Dec. 16, 1956. This was followed by the construction of an addition which was dedicated on May 16, 1976. In 1979, Nazareth organized a pre-school, which it operated until 1994. Nazareth has actively supported the Hopewell Food Pantry with yearly can drives and some of the members have volunteered their time and talents at John Randolph Hospital and the Shepherd's Place. The congregation has also built many handicap accessible ramps for people in the community who needed assistance in getting into their homes. An active quilters group meets weekly and has provided quilts to those in need. 

We are committed to teaching the right understanding of Holy Scripture. That is, the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of God. This Holy Word has the power and purpose to point our hearts and minds to Jesus Christ. It is He who has redeemed us through His death and resurrection. 

In all of our classes, from young to old, we joyfully teach about Jesus Christ. Through God's word, we continue to grow in knowledge of God's love and His mercy through our blessed Savior. 

Nazareth Lutheran church is a member congregation of the Lutheran Church- Missouri Synod (LCMS). The LCMS is a Christian organization with churches and ministries in all 50-states and around the world. The LCMS accepts the Bible-based teachings of the early church reformers led by Dr.Martin Luther. It was Dr.Martin Luther who helped lead the church back to its only authority: the Holy Bible. It is the Holy Bible that teaches: Grace alone, Faith alone and Scripture alone.

Grace alone: God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly. 


Faith alone: By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people for all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for us all. God creates faith in Christ and brings them to believe this great gift. 

Scripture alone: The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and Gospel to us.

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