Our Story

How it all started...

Founded in 1962 to meet the need for Christian fellowship, worship and education  in the  newly growing community of Hacienda Heights, St. Mark's Lutheran Church proclaims the good news of Jesus Christ to all people.  Under the leadership of Pastor Bergum (1962-64), Pastor Obed Nesheim ( 1965 - 94) and strong lay leadership, St. Mark's grew into a good sized congregation full of families and known for  strong education, excellent music and youth ministry. In the 70-80's we were known for being one of the best decorator groups for rose floats in the Pasadena Tournament of Roses Parade as well    In more recent years or best known  ministries are excellent school and our work supporting Social Service Ministries  including ACTION Food Pantry and the Homeless Coalition of East San Gabriel Valley.  We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which is the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States.

Education has always been important to our witness and service to the community and in 1963, St Mark's Lutheran School began.  It has grown over the years to include a preschool, elementary/Jr Hi school and for a time even a high school.  Always striving for excellence, the school has become a recognized National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence under the leadership of Superintendent Barbara Clark.  Currently it has a preschool and K - 8th grade school that is the largest school in the denomination.

Expanding the vision...

Today, St. Mark's Lutheran Church and School continue to provide a community that gathers to give thanks to God through worship, service and a caring approach to one another.  And while the school remains our most significant outreach and service to the community, we are
 re-imagining our mission and expanding our outreach beyond the school community to the broader community  starting with a vibrant new website that will function as an extension of us and offer worship, encouragement,  nourishment for the soul, and connections to the St. Mark's community through Prayer along with current information on events, education and service opportunities. 

Where we are headed...

With the call of Pastor Jim Mericle in July of 2020, we are looking forward to becoming a bolder witness of Jesus Christ in the surrounding communities and the virtual community as well.  Committed to being a welcoming Church to all people in this beautiful diverse community we are a part of, St. Mark's is looking to increase and broaden its reach so that each person knows that God loves them and welcomes them  into a journey of relationship without judgement.  If you would like to be a part of a community like this, we invite you to come and see.  

Be a part of our story...

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together a 9:00 AM in person or online anytime.