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Our Mission

"To live in the powerful example of Jesus, and to discover new pathways for spiritual growth."


This year First Church is celebrating it’s 62nd anniversary of ministry.  From humble beginnings the congregation has become deeply rooted in the Strongsville community, and remains dedicated to serving Cleveland’s southwest suburbs.
We began in 1956 as a mission congregation, worshiping in the old Strongsville High School auditorium and Muraski Elementary School.  Six years later we dedicated our first building on the current site.
As the Strongsville community transformed from a rural town into a bustling suburb, the congregation experienced phenomenal growth.  That growth brought two significant building projects, including a larger sanctuary, installation of a pipe organ, expanded classrooms, and a multi-purpose fellowship hall.  With a growing membership we increased our staff to include two pastors, a music director, organist, praise band director, controller, and office manager.
With an understanding that worship is at the center of our life together, service formats have evolved so that we currently offer both traditional and contemporary services each Sunday morning.  It’s important to us that we offer a variety of worship experiences to meet the needs of a diverse culture.
In some ways First Church reflects the transient nature of the Strongsville community.  We are always seeing fresh faces in worship, and embrace the opportunity to welcome newcomers into our family.
Our history continues to evolve as God places before us opportunities to learn, serve, and deepen our faith.  Perhaps some piece of our history will include you.  Come and see what God is doing!

into the Future...

The Ministries of First Church Continue to Evolve

We believe God has called us into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ. After a prayerful time of spiritual discernment, we believe God is calling us to engage in the following ministries:
  • While maintaining our Lutheran identity and core, we will become a church that welcomes, supports, and encourages a more diverse Christian tradition.
  • We will take personal responsibility for our individual spiritual lives, and for the spiritual well-being of our congregation, as we emulate Christ with the help of the Holy Spirit.
  • We will build on the quality and choices of our worship and music styles.
  • We will increase the amount, variety, timing, and venues of Christian Education for both children and adults.
  • We will provide vibrant youth ministries.
  • We will create pathways for open and clear communication; identify and resolve conflict openly and honestly.
  • We will increase our personal efforts to reach out to the unchurched, and those in need beyond our congregation.