Our Story

Your next step…is here! 

For over 75 years, the mission and heart of Calvary is marked by a few simple words. You have a place here! So, whether you are beginning your journey with questions, doubts or hurts, are new to faith, or simply looking for the next step in Christ...You have a place at Calvary!

At Calvary, you don’t have to have it all figured out! You can belong before you believe. You can ask difficult questions while exploring your faith. You can build community in both small-group and large-group experiences. You can live out your faith serving others both near and far. You can explore what generosity looks like, expressed in a wide variety of ways. Your next step is here.

Our Mission

At the heart of Calvary is our mission to lead people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Our mission inspires our worship and groups. It motivates our service to the community and the world. It serves as the foundation of everything we are, do, and believe.

What we do

  • Follow Jesus
    • Following Jesus is a growing experience.
  • Build Community
    • Spiritual growth best happens in a small group.
  • Serve Others
    • We are spiritual contributors, not spiritual consumers.
  • Live Generously
    • We seek to reflect God’s generosity in all we do.

Who we are

  • We do anything short of sin to reach people for Christ.
  • We are known by what we are for, not what we are against.
  • We believe the best about people and explain their actions in the best way.
  • We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but take God very seriously.

What we believe

Calvary is an independent, Christ-centered church with Lutheran roots. We embrace the Reformation themes of grace alone, faith alone, Christ alone, and Scripture alone.

Core beliefs


There is one God, who eternally exists in three persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Matthew 28:19; 2 Corinthians 13:14)


Jesus Christ is both fully God and fully human. He was sent by the Father to live on earth, and freely laid down His life on a cross and rose again after three days. In doing so, He paid the penalty for our sin, and defeated death. (Isaiah 9:6; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 2 Corinthians 5:21)

Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit makes faith possible and calls us through the gospel. The Holy Spirit lives in every believer, gives spiritual gifts, and is a constant teacher, helper and guide. (1 Corinthians 12:3; John 14:26-27, Romans 8:14-17)


God created people in His image to have a relationship with Him. We all have chosen disobedience and sin, which fractures our relationship with God. (Genesis 1:26-27; Romans 3:23, 6:23)


Jesus Christ alone provides forgiveness and salvation. This is a free gift of grace, which we receive by faith. (Acts 4:12; John 14:6; Ephesians 2:8-9)

Changed life

Becoming a follower of Jesus leads to a changed life, which is a lifelong journey of growth in selfless love, humility, service and holiness, empowered by the Holy Spirit. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

The Bible

The entire Bible is the inspired Word of God and our authority in all matters of faith and life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)

The Church

The Church is the body of Christ, made up of all who put their faith in Christ. The local church is the hope of the world. (Ephesians 4:4-6, 15-16)

Christ’s Return

Jesus Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. (Matthew 25:31)


  • Officers: Andy Roe, President; Todd Loncorich, Vice President; Jason Thorp, Treasurer; Laura Jensen, Secretary
  • Members: Tom Harn, Ingrid LeMunyon, Julie Russo, Rachel Recknagel, Jill Saatzer, and Gina Vander Werf

Our Publications

The latest in approved Calvary Council minutes & publications including our Annual Report and Annual Meeting documents.

Council Minutes

January 2024

Annual Meeting Reports, Committee Candidates and Documents

Our OPenings

Are you interested in becoming part of the staff at Calvary?  Our open positions are posted below; if none are listed, nothing is available at this time.

Application Process

To apply, please provide:

Please submit via email, or mail to Human Resources, Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley, MN 55427.

Current Openings
About Calvary

We encourage all applicants to learn more about Calvary by exploring this website, along with our mission, vision & values.