About us

St. Mark’s mission statement is

“God first; sharing the love of Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit”

We as a faith community proclaim the message that the Grace of God is infinitely inclusive and that everyone is welcome through our doors.

We welcome all who are seeking God’s love and grace.

We welcome all because God welcomes all regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status.

We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances, or anything that too often divides us.

We pledge to ourselves and to all others that we will strive to live as a reconciling people, in our life together and in our outreach to the world.

Pastor

DSC_6781edsmallfileRev. Steve Hoffard, M Div

Pastor Steve graduated from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary in June 2012,
and was ordained on July 6,2012.

Steve, his wife Sylvia, and son Braden come to St. Marks from Stratford, ON

Pastor Steve would love to hear from you.
Office Phone: 613-542-7134
E-Mail: steve.hoffard@gmail.com

 

 

 

Not Lutheran? No problem!

Although Lutherans form only about 2% of Canada’s population, the church itself is one of the largest Christian groups in the world. We have been a church of immigrants for much of our history, and even today you’ll find Canadian Lutheran churches with strong German, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, Lithuanian, Finnish or Icelandic roots, to name a few. You’ll also find Lutherans reaching out to today’s newcomers with services in Spanish, Vietnamese and several major Chinese dialects. Regardless of our roots, ALL are WELCOME in our Church. If you come from an Anglican or Roman Catholic tradition, you’ll likely find much of our worship comfortably familiar – but you don’t have to come from any tradition to be welcome beneath our roof!

Martin Luther

16th century reformer, Martin Luther.Lutherans base their beliefs on the teachings of Martin Luther, a 16th-century priest who had no idea he was starting a denomination when he was just trying to reform the church. His reforms were based on a then-radical idea that human beings could do nothing to “earn” God’s grace – grace ia a gift freely given, available to all through the act of faith.  This doctrine became known as “justification by grace through faith.”

 

 

 

 

Why are we called Evangelical?

The full name of our church is the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), although we are quite different from our Evangelical brothers and sisters in the Pentecostal tradition. Essentially, we believe the point of the church is to share the good news of Christ in both word and deed.  Like the disciples of old, we are “evangelists” for Christ’s message of love and compassion. But we don’t believe any one group of people is “saved” (since God’s grace is freely available to all)

Are we the same as Missouri Synod Lutherans?

The simple answer is No.

The ELCIC traces its roots to German immigrants settling in Halifax around the year 1750.  The church now known as the Missouri Synod or Lutheran Church – Canada traces its roots to German Lutherans from Saxony who sailed to North America in February 1838 and eventually settled in St. Louis Missouri.

The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States was organized in April 1847.  Johann Adam Ernst called to be pastor in Eden NY in 1849 made frequent trips into Ontario organizing several congregations.  In 1847, 80 families of German Lutherans from Wurttenburg settled in Middletown townships southwest of Delhi.  The settlers were introduced to Rev. Ernst and he conducted the first service in Rhineland on Feb 28, 1854.  St. Peters Rhineland was organized that same year and is the oldest Missouri Lutheran Congregation in Canada.  It was not unusual for Missouri Synod pastors to serve Canada Synod Congregations in the early years as Pastors were in short supply.

Missouri Synod congregations today tend to hold to a more conservative theology than our congregations in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. For more information see Cronmiller, Raymond (1961) “A History of the Lutheran Church in Canada”

More Lutheran theology

You can find out more about our Lutheran Theology on our National Church Website

 

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