About Us




Rev. John R. Sutton

Pastor John was installed as the pastor of Welcome Lutheran on March 24, 2013. Recently retired from the military, Pastor John brings with him over 18 years of ministry experience.


Church Secretary:

Lynnette Voskamp

Lynnette joined our ministry team at the Welcome Place in February 2003 as Office Secretary. Lynnette lives in Industry, Texas, and is an active member of the Industry United Methodist Church, where she serves as secretary to the Administrative Board. Lynnette is available at the church office each weekday morning 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Stephanie Schobel

Stephanie is the congregation's principal organist.

Annette Balke

Annette is our organist emerita. 

What We Believe

Statement of Faith

Welcome Lutheran Church confesses the following:  

  • The Triune God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit.  
  • Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe:  
    • Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation.  
    • The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.  
    • The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by the Holy Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.  
  • The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith, and life, “according to which all doctrines should and must be judged.” (Formula of Concord, Epitome, Part I)  
  • The Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of the Church.  
  • The Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it in faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession.  
  •  The other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord, as further valid interpretations of the faith of the Church.  
  • The Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for God’s mission in the world.

Statement of Purpose

  • The hearers of the Gospel are a people, called and sent by God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, to be a community of faith, hope and love, who witness to Christ and His coming Kingdom before the entire world.  
  • To participate in God’s mission, this congregation as a part of the Church shall:  
    • Give honor and glory to the Triune God, worshipping Him in proclamation of the Word and administration of the sacraments and through lives of prayer, praise, thanksgiving, witness, obedience and service.  
    • Carry out Christ’s Great Commission by proclaiming to the world the Gospel of justification by grace through faith alone, according to the apostolic witness in Holy Scripture and in accordance with the Lutheran Confessions.  
    • Preserve and transmit the Gospel faithfully to future generations.  
    • Foster Christian fellowship and love, and extend a helping hand to humans in need.  
    • Manifest the unity of our faith in Jesus Christ as God and Savior, and join with other Christians in prayer and action.  
    • Nurture its members in the Word of God so as to grow in faith and hope and love, and to develop a sense of Christian vocation in daily life.

Our History

WELCOME LUTHERAN CHURCH was organized March 28, 1869 with 12 charter members. Two of these gave site for a house of worship. Erected in 1869, it was rebuilt in 1898, 1900 (following destruction by hurricane) and 1954. Some of original fixtures and 1878 bell are still in use.

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