Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (Kamloops, BC)

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Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd (Kamloops, BC)

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In 1925 the Kamloops mission of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod was served by L. Werning from Revelstoke and later out of Vernon. In 1926 they established a Sunday School and operated out of the Tranquille TB Sanitorium. The Alberta-British Columbia District of Missouri Synod intensified their work in 1928 by sending the first resident pastor, Fred Pfotenhauer, but they did not continue the mission work after his departure in 1930. Increased immigration into the area in the 1930s however revitalized the work. An old log building was purchased in 1931 and dedicated in June of that year under the name of Zion Lutheran Church. A chapel was built in Brockelhurst in 1935 as part of this congregation's mission work - however a split developed in the congregation in 1936 and several members left to join the Ohio Synod (now St. Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada.) Several pastors served short terms in the next 18 years and by 1953 the ABC District Mission Board considered closing the books. A student was placed in the area in a final attempt to re-activate the congregation. By 1954 the congregation was working on erecting a building and work commenced in 1955. The name of the congregation changed to the Church of the Good Shepherd to signal a change in the spirit. Rev. Carl Pfotenhauer was called and served also in Revelstoke, Makakawa, the Cariboo and Merritt. In 1969 the congregation experienced a significant changes in worship style and adopted a new constitution. The congregation joined the newly formed Lutheran Church-Canada synod in 1988. In 1997 the congregation decided to amalgamate with Lord of Life Lutheran Church in southeast Kamloops.


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