Many of our church founders were German-speaking Russians, their families fleeing the Black Sea region of western Russia for safety and better opportunities in America. These families traveled together, building small villages across America: Kulm, North Dakota, Odessa, Washington and finally the Gull Harbor area of Olympia, Washington. They were berry farmers, veneer plant laborers, and Port of Olympia workers. Our congregation first met in a very small building from 1941 to 1977. We built and moved into our current church on April 16, 1977, just down the road from the original.
Our first pastor, Rev. Hans J. Wuerth, preached from 1941 to 1974 with Rev. Stephen Odegaard stepping in for 1973. Rev. Hendrick Laur became Pastor in 1974 until retiring in 2000. Rev. Valinda Morse ministered to our congregation for two years. We were very lucky to have Rev. Suzanne O. Appelo with us from 2002 until October 2021. Rev. Melissa Johnson was installed as our pastor on September 18, 2022.
Our church is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.