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Our Mission

We, the people of Christ Lutheran Church, believe our mission is to share God’s love and his forgiveness through Worship, Word, and Sacrament. We seek to care for the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of others through the gift of time, talent, and treasures with which God has blessed us. We believe we have been called as living witnesses to exist for others so that all may know Jesus Christ as Lord. As evidenced by our ministries, we believe strongly in outreach and care of our fellow human beings.


Meet the Team

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Pastor Rob Schmidt


Office ext. 202

Suzanne Snider

Youth & Family Ministry Coordinator

Office ext. 203

Nicholas Hopkins

Minister of Music

Office ext. 221


Administrative Assistant

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Hal Overly


Office ext. 222

Marilyn Burgard

Nikki Diaz


Office ext. 224

Dan Johnson


Office ext. 224

Whitney VanGessel

Church Council President


Church Council

If you are looking to serve in a leadership role at Christ Lutheran Church, Church Council provides the opportunity to work with other members to help make decisions for the church and our ministries. The council is made up of the President, Vice President, Treasurer, Secretary and liaisons from the following committees: Education, Evangelism, Fellowship, Property, Mission Planning, Well-Being and Social Concerns, Youth and Family, and Worship, Music and Arts. The council also has a recording secretary who does not participate in voting.

Council Members

  • President - Whitney VanGessel
  • Vice President - Deb Park
  • Treasurer - Jennifer Breymeyer
  • Secretary - Jane Ward
  • Recording Secretary - Dave Harris
  • Education Liaison - Terry Narber
  • Evangelism Liaison - Jane Ward
  • Fellowship Liaison - Linda Montgomery
  • Finance & Mission Support Liaison - Jennifer Bremeyer
  • HR Liaison - Whitney VanGessel
  • Property Liaison - Rich Neubecker
  • Technology Liaison - Jennifer Miller
  • Well-Being and Social Concerns Liaison - Terry Narber
  • Worship, Music & Arts Liaison - Deb Park
  • Youth & Family Liaison - Suzanne Snider

For more information about joining church council, email council@clcwyoming.org.

What does it mean to be an ELCA Congregation?

You may hear us refer to ourselves as being part of the ELCA. What this means is that Christ Lutheran Church's congregation is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA is a church of about 4 million members who actively participate in God’s work in the world. We believe that we are freed in Christ to serve and love our neighbor.

With our hands, we do God’s work of restoring and reconciling communities in Jesus Christ’s name throughout the world. We are a church that belongs to Christ. There is a place for you here. We live in many different communities, span all ages, cultures and races and bring to this church unique life experiences and perspectives. Seek answers to your questions and discover what God is calling you to in life.

The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.

ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ.

The ELCA’s official Confession of Faith identifies the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments (commonly called the Bible); the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds; and the Lutheran confessional writings in the Book of Concord as the basis for our teaching. ELCA congregations make the same affirmation in their governing documents, and ELCA pastors and deacons promise to carry out their ministry in accordance with these teaching sources. This Confession of Faith is more than just words in an official document. Every Sunday in worship ELCA congregations hear God’s word from the Scriptures, pray as Jesus taught and come to the Lord’s Table expecting to receive the mercies that the Triune God promises. Throughout the week ELCA members continue to live by faith, serving others freely and generously in all that they do because they trust God’s promise in the Gospel. In small groups and at sick beds, in private devotions and in daily work, this faith saturates all of life.

This connection to all of life is the clearest demonstration of the authority that the canonical Scriptures, the ecumenical Creeds and the Lutheran Confessions have in the ELCA. The Holy Spirit uses these witnesses to create, strengthen and sustain faith in Jesus Christ and the life we have in him. That life-giving work continues every day, as Martin Luther explained in the Small Catechism: the Holy Spirit “calls, gathers, enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian church on earth and preserves it in union with Jesus Christ in the one true faith.”

You can dig deeper into the ELCA church, it's beliefs, history, current news, resources and more at by visiting the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America's website.

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