Pastor Edwin Fidler came to Lebanon as a mission developer for a Lutheran church in June 1965 and immediately began knocking on doors and making phone calls. His work led to our official beginning as a congregation when the Service of Organization was held at Lebanon's old Dunlavy Elementary School on April 17, 1966 with 64 adults and 26 children joining as charter members.
The congregation has since moved forward in substantial growth and many new outreach ministries.
A sanctuary was built in 1968 and is now our fellowship hall. Pastor Fidler left to develop another mission church later that year. The education wing was added in 1977. In 1999, our current sanctuary was added. In 2001, we added our Memory Garden. In 2022, we added a granite marker with the names of those who have their ashes in our Memory Garden.
The congregation of Resurrection Lutheran Church has been blessed to be served by rostered leaders who have served Resurrection: Edwin Fidler, William Makley, James Miller, Virginia (King) Kaada, Jon Buuck, Ronald Redder, Harry Biles, Doug Campbell, Frederick Cook, and Paul Heine.
Our current pastor is Corey Wagonfield.
We are a church that walks by faith, trusting God's promise in the gospel and knowing that we exist by and for the proclamation of this gospel word. We proclaim Jesus Christ crucified and raised from the dead for the life of the world. As the apostle Paul wrote (Romans 1:16-17), and we echo in our Constitution (2.02), we are not ashamed of this gospel ministry because it is God’s power for saving all people who trust the God who makes these promises. “We are to fear and love God, so, that we do not despise preaching or God’s word, but instead keep that word holy and gladly hear it and learn it” (Small Catechism). God’s word, specifically God’s promise in Jesus Christ, creates this liberated, confident and generous faith. God gives the Holy Spirit who uses gospel proclamation – in preaching and sacraments, in forgiveness and in healing conversations – to create and sustain this faith. As a Lutheran church, we give central place to this gospel message in our ministry.
We understand to be Lutheran is to be ecumenical – committed to the oneness to which God calls the world in the saving gift of Jesus Christ, recognizing the brokenness of the church in history and the call of God to heal this disunity.
For many years, we fly our Angels artwork above the pews in the Sanctuary in December and January (and sometimes longer). It has become a very-welcoming and heart-warming tradition during the Christmas season.