Christ The Liberator began November 2017 as a vibrant, inclusive, congregation. We are a coalition of many different people from various denominational backgrounds who meet to worship every Sunday. Serving beyond the LGBTQ community, our mission is to reclaim Christianity as a faith of extravagant grace, radical inclusion, and relentless compassion by being people liberated by Christ – proclaiming God’s inclusive love, removing barriers to faith, and empowering all to grow in grace toward wholeness. If you are visiting Christ The Liberator for the first time, we are glad to have you here, we are blessed by your presence, and we hope you will return often.
We function as an interdenominational church, rooted in the Reformed Lutheran Church tradition we are associated with various affiliations. As part of our commitment to ecumenical work, we have aligned ourselves with several different groups. Please see those groups below.
Someone asked some great questions the other day. The questions are important to share with you, and this is the core reason Christ the Liberator as a congregation exists.
They asked, "What’s the difference between a welcoming congregation versus an opening and affirming congregation?"
The difference between a welcoming church and an affirming one are huge!
A welcoming congregation will say, “Oh, you’re welcome to worship with us!” But simply being welcoming means they don't have to accept you with full inclusion with how God has created you. Most congregations that simply welcome you will not affirm, allowing you to be part of the congregation. They may let you hold membership, but will not allow you to hold an office within the church.
An open and affirming congregation means that the congregation fully accepts you with full inclusion of being how God (The Creator) made you: Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, and straight (LGBTQ+) in the church’s life and ministry with full participation. We are proud to say at Christ the Liberator you will be loved, embraced, and accepted for how our God created you!
At Christ the Liberator, which is different from many congregations, is that ALL are welcome to the table of God for Communion.
You don’t have to confess your sins to the pastor, be baptized, be confirmed, or even be a member of the congregation. Just as Jesus said, “Do this in remembrance of me.” We have no stipulation with the relationship that anyone has with the Creator. When taking Communion, you’re partaking of Christ’s body and blood that was given for all the world.
- Bishop Brandon Anderson, Senior Pastor