Staff

Pastor Jason Lang

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Eric Smith

Youth Guy

Sue Schwartz

Sue Schwartz joined the Word of Life staff in March 2015. She grew up in the Le Sueur area and now lives on a farm just outside of Le Sueur with her husband, Brian, and five daughters. They enjoy playing wallyball, watching movies, biking, and building campfires together.

Sue graduated with an education degree from Southwest State University and taught elementary and nursery school for several years before leaving the public school system to homeschool her daughters, a job she loved (most days). 

Sue and her family have been attending Word of Life church for nine years, and they have been encouraged by the people and the teaching. She loves being part of the Word of Life family and feels blessed to share in spreading the Gospel message.

Sue enjoys swimming, spending time at the lake, watching her girls in all their activities, and riding with Brian in the semi-truck or tractor, depending on the season.

During the summer of 1978, seven families felt the leading of the Lord to become involved in a closer Christian fellowship. A fellowship which placed more emphasis on the great commission and the inerrant Word of God. This prompting led to meeting weekly in the homes of the individuals for study and prayer. In these meetings, discussions evolved to the point that consideration was given to starting a new church. At the time it seemed a bit formidable to think in these terms with such a small group of people, however, the possibility of this seemed to be more and more confirmed. After much deliberation and prayer, it was decided to contact the synod of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren for a possible affiliation with them. Discussions were held with the Home Mission Department and a decision was made to become a Home Mission congregation of that body.

It was decided to move from the informal setting of people's homes to a more formal meeting format and location. The Merrick Room of the Le Sueur Community Center was rented and Sunday School and worship services began. Supply pastors were obtained from the synod. The first pastor, Timothy Ysteboe, was called in February, 1979. The Word of Life Lutheran Brethren Church charter was signed in July, 1979. In the summer of 1980, the First Lutheran Church of Le Sueur decided to build a new facility and Word of Life purchased their church on Second Street.

During the sixteen years of worshipping at the Second Street Church, the Lord continued to bless the work. It then became evident it was going to be necessary to make extensive changes to the existing facility or give thought to building a new facility. The church had grown to an attendance of over one hundred and it was impossible to minister properly to all the children in the congregation. Going to two services each Sunday solved the problem of worship service space but the problem of Sunday School space persisted. (What a great problem!) After much prayer and evaluating possible alternatives for adding to the existing facility, a site selection committee evaluated over a dozen potential sites, and a ten-acre parcel on Kingsway Drive was purchased. A building committee was formed, an architect was retained, a local builder selected, and construction on the new facility began in the spring of 1995.

In February, 1996, we moved into a beautiful new church facility. The Lord has been faithful. He continues to honor the work. The church family has grown to an average Sunday attendance over 200. We have a very active youth ministry and the Lord has entrusted many children to our care. We have a music ministry that is a great blessing to us all. Our people have a good understanding of God's calling on their lives, and are developing a greater awareness of the full meaning of ministry. The inerrant Word of God continues to be preached in Spirit and in Truth. The full counsel of God is heard. New people have come to faith and believers are challenged to mature in the faith.

In the spring of 2007, we completed work on our Christian Education expansion wing. We now have an expanded and updated nursery, library, larger classrooms and youth room complete with sound system, games, and refrigerator.

As we look to the future, we know the need to remain focused on the Lord. We acknowledge the need to be dependent upon Him. We want to be obedient to His will. We praise Him for His protection, for His directions, and for His mercy and grace. May we continue to glorify His name in the days and years ahead.

What is the Church of the Lutheran Brethren?

We are a Protestant church with an evangelistic Lutheran tradition. There are about 110 Lutheran Brethren congregations in the United States and Canada and 1,535 churches and chapels in Cameroon, Chad, Japan, and Taiwan. In addition, many independent congregations and Bible study fellowships in Canada and the United States are served by Lutheran Brethren pastors.


Is the Lutheran Brethren a new denomination?

No. Our synod was organized in December of 1900 when five independent Lutheran congregations met in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to join together for mission projects which were larger than one congregation could handle.


A Gospel-centered ministry where salvation by grace alone is proclaimed and where godly living, patterned after the principles of Scripture is encouraged. We believe that Christianity is not only a creed to confess but that it is a life to be lived for God in holiness. For that reason we seek to cultivate a sensitive spirit toward those who have spiritual struggles and try to minister God's grace to those needs.

What does the Lutheran Brethren stand for?


How would you describe your worship services?

People are often surprised when they attend our services. Our pastor does not wear vestments and the ritual of the Common Service is not used. Recognizing the freedom for different forms of worship allowed by the Lutheran Confessions, and believing that the New Testament worship forms were simple, we use both contemporary worship music and traditional hymns, and center our worship on the preaching of God’s Word and administering the sacraments.


I see that you have more members overseas. That must mean you have a strong mission program?

Yes. From the very beginning, over 100 years ago, our synod has had a vision for world missions, first in China, then in Cameroon, Chad, Japan, and Taiwan where we now have teams of church planters, teachers, Bible translators, and health workers. All of the national churches are independent of the quest. It has been gratifying to see the Lord extend His kingdom through our sister churches overseas.

In addition to this overseas mission emphasis, our people also sense a burden for people in Canada and the United States. Many new congregations are being planned for North America.


What about Christian Education?

We have a seminary, Bible college, and high school located in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. The Lutheran Brethren Seminary offers the M.Div. and M.A.R. degrees. The Lutheran Center for Christian Learning is a program which takes biblical teaching into the local congregations. Hillcrest Lutheran Academy is a four year boarding high school and regional junior high school accredited by the state of Minnesota.

On the congregational level, our churches conduct Sunday schools, Bible studies, and weekday programs which meet their
needs. Confirmation instruction is offered to young people when they reach grade seven or eight. This two year course of
instruction is based on the Scriptures using Luther's Small Catechism as the outline.


Can I attend, even though I'm not a member?

Absolutely! You are welcome! Call a nearby church and find out the times of the services, Bible studies, or Christian education classes.


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Values

We are a group of people who gather together to live life and faith together. Who we are is influenced by our values which come from the Bible, God's Word.

We are Missional. God's mission was to save His people from themselves and the sin that infects them, so He sent His Son Jesus to save us by living a perfect life and giving His life in our place so that we may be forgiven.

We are Relational. God created us to be in relationship with Him and each other. Our first relationship is with God, He loves us and gets to know us through Jesus. God moves us into relationship with the people we run into every day. Word of life is a bunch of people who I've their life and faith together.

We are Intentional. Life and faith don't happen by accident, we value doing things intentionally. Friends don't invite themselves over to our houses, we do. Conversations don't happen unless we open up. We are living our faith on purpose.

We are Sacrificial. This is hard, but it's true, Jesus gave his life for us and calls us to live lives that give to others too. Everything we have is a gift from God and He gives us these gifts to share with the people around us. We share our time, talents and resources.

We value Law & Gospel. God expresses Himself in both Law and Gospel. The Law is any time God says, "Do this, don't do that." The Gospel is "What God has done for us." We do not shy away from sharing God's Law that shows us our sin and guides our lives. And we love sharing the Gospel that proclaims God's love and forgiveness for us when our lives fall short of God's Law.