I grew up in Malawi, Africa, where my father was a missionary for ten years. When we came back to the United States, I couldn’t believe how many options there were – from restaurants to groceries, clothing to cars. My family and I are experiencing the same kind of culture shock now. We recently moved to Brooklyn Park from Michigan, where I served a small country church.

In Malawi as in our little corner of Michigan, there were only a handful of restaurants to choose from if you wanted to go out to eat. In the Cities, we have dozens of restaurants to choose from for whatever food you are craving – whether you want a good burger or a fresh plate of sushi. In Malawi, the grocery store had two options for cereal – Corn Flakes or Rice Krispies. Here you can walk down a 50 yard aisle that is dedicated solely to cereal of every variety. The choices can be overwhelming.

This is no less true when you are looking for a church. Big or small? Traditional, contemporary, or blended worship styles? Kid-friendly ? Praise band or organ? And most importantly, what they teach.  What brand of Christian are you looking for – Baptist? Catholic? Presbyterian? Methodist? Lutheran? Non-denominational?

With so many options from which to choose, why choose Brooklyn Lutheran? We are a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The WELS is biblically conservative church body that has always had a deep love for ministering to children and reaching out to the lost and broken.

We are a congregation that cares about people. Whatever your stage or season of life, we strive to meet your individual spiritual needs. In order to do that, our main focus is the Good News of Jesus Christ.  The Bible may be old, but its message is unchanging. No matter our age, gender, culture of origin, or stage of life, God’s Word addresses our real and daily struggles. How is that possible? The Bible reveals that all our troubles are a result of sin. But God’s Son, Jesus Christ, is the once-for-all Solution to all of life’s problems.

If you feel as though something is missing in your life, if your attempts to fill those holes in your life have failed, look no further. Come and be filled with Jesus, who fills everything in every way (Ephesians 1:23), and came that we might have life—and have it to the full (John 10:10).

Pastor Erich Westphal

Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone.Ephesians 2:19,20


Brooklyn Evangelical Lutheran Church (Brooklyn Center Lutheran Mission) held its first church service on February 1, 1959 at the Willow Lane Elementary School Annex on 70th (has since burned down) and Osseo Road (now Brooklyn Boulevard). The pastors of Pilgrim Lutheran Church in South Minneapolis supervised the organizing of the future congregation. In March of 1959, land was purchased and a parsonage was built, which was used as a temporary chapel. Pastor Wilbur Dorn was the first pastor to serve Brooklyn Lutheran. The building of the church began in 1961 and was dedicated in November of 1961. An addition was built on in 1983 and remodeling of the chapel in 1993.