Calvary Free Lutheran Church began as the result of a vision. Luther and Adeline Monson moved to Mesa, Arizona, sensing a need for a Free Lutheran congregation to be planted. After fifteen years of faithful prayer, meeting with friends and Bible studies, the dream was realized. On January 12, 1997, a group of 50 people met for a service of worship, testimony, and prayer, led by Pastors Paul Nash and Al Monson of the Association of Free Lutheran Congregation’s Home Missions Department. As this group met in the Monson home for Bible studies, they continued to grow. In the spring of 1998, it was decided unanimously that work should begin on the planting of an AFLC church in the Valley of the Sun.
In its first months, the church moved from a school building to a ranch and then to the back of a music store. As the group continued to grow, they saw the need for a permanent building to meet in. God provided the group with a sewage treatment plant to purchase and refurbish. God also provided the funding, the materials, and the personnel to get the renovation complete. The first service in the new building was held on November 1, 1998 – only 52 days after work began to refurbish the sewage plant.
Calvary Free Lutheran began with prayer, and prayer remains a major focus of the church.
God has blessed CFL with many opportunities for ministry and outreach, and He continues to use it as a light in the community.
“Knowing Christ, and making Him known” is our goal, and by God’s grace, He is using us to that end.