Our Church History

Grace Lutheran Church has been affiliated with the LCMS since 2005.  Before that it was an independent Lutheran church for 25 years.  Grace is the result of a merging of two Lutheran congregations:  Blaine Lutheran, a congregation originally founded by Icelanders in 1914, and Peace Lutheran, which was established in 1962.  When the merger took place in 1980, the church adopted its present name. 

Grace Lutheran currently has about 240 baptized members and continues to grow.  In addition to weekly services (10:30 a.m. Sundays and 9:30 a.m. during the summer months) the church offers a Sunday school program for all ages at 9:00 a.m., During the school year, Grace offers the community's largest weekday preschool.   involvement in social ministry within Blaine and in the county, a strong interest in missions, locally and globally, and an affiliation with Stafholt Good Samaritan Center (nursing and assisted living). 

Pastor Dennis Wildermuth graduated from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri in 1972 with a Master of Divinty degree and served in Blaine from 1977 until his retirement in 2012.  Pastor Dennis Conrad served as Interim Pastor while the church prepared itself to call a new permanent minister.  The congration spent a year completing an extensive self-study which refined its vision and purpose. The resulting data was used  in to call a new pastor.  On September 15, 2013, Pastor Aaron Zuch was installed as the new settled pastor.

Rev. Aaron Zuch has accepted God’s call to be our new Intentional Pastor here at Grace Lutheran Church. Pastor Zuch and his wife Kelley, nee Kessler have two sons: Seth, who is 9 years old and Isaiah, who is 6 years old. Rev. Zuch's parents live in Portland, Oregon. His wife's mother lives in St. Louis, Missouri.

Pastor Aaron Zuch graduated with his Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis in the spring of 2006. He was ordained and installed on July 9, 2006, as pastor of the dual parish of St. John Lutheran Church (Thief River Falls) and Zion Lutheran Church (Warren) in the Minnesota North District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod.

We believe everything we do points to Jesus Christ as "the way, the truth, and the life."  As God's love and salvation are for all people, so we welcome each and every one into the fellowship and mission of Christ's Church.  Through the power of the Holy Spirit, the Christian life is a lifelong adventure of growing into Christ-likeness--of walking and serving as Christ did.  We welcome you to our fellowship and to the adventure of following Christ.