Peace Lutheran, the Story of our Congregation
Peace Lutheran began officially as a mission congregation in November 1983, daughter of Lutheran Church of the Cross in Kent and granddaughter of King of Kings Lutheran Church in Renton. The Northwest District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod purchased eight-plus acres along Kent-Kangley Road for the new mission church in 1981 and a home in the Timberlane community for a parsonage in early 1983 in which a newly hired Vicar would live while serving a year at Lutheran Church of the Cross.
From August 1983 - 1984, Vicar Rod Flohr and his wife Beth arrived to help with the new mission church. Pastor Arnold Walta, pastor of Lutheran Church of the Cross, and Vicar Flohr took turns leading services at Timberlane Community Center and Covington Elementary School. In January 1984 the time came to name the mission church and from 19 possible choices, Peace Lutheran Church was chosen in a close vote. In March 1984, the property on Kent-Kangley was dedicated to the glory of God. Pastor Robert Kunz and his wife Ruth moved into the parsonage, arriving from St. Joseph, Missouri, in September 1984. Pastor Kunz served until 1992.
In February 1985, the congregation rented a small log cabin church near Lake Sawyer for services and ministries, and in June 1985, Peace was recognized by the NW District LCMS as a chartered congregation of 32 families, 101 members including children.
By July 1985, a formal Building Committee began making plans for building a church building of our own on the Kent-Kangley property. The District approved a construction loan of $225,000 and groundbreaking took place in April 1988. The congregation decided to be their own general contractor and hired Laborers for Christ, a group of retired, skilled trades people for the construction. Almost every member volunteered to help. With the Lord’s help and blessing, the sanctuary was completed in time to hold the very first Peace Lutheran church service on Christmas Eve 1988 with 256 worshippers in attendance. After more finishing of the building was completed, we finally dedicated the building in June 1989. By then, it was already evident that expansion plans should begin as soon as possible as two services were needed to accommodate a growing and enthusiastic ministry.