Early in 1960, after mission work by Pastor Bill West and the Dietz family from DeSoto, a small group gathered in Carbondale to form the Epiphany Lutheran congregation, belonging to the then United Lutheran Church in America. By March they had called their first pastor and purchased the present property on Chautauqua. Services were held in an old farmhouse until a new building was dedicated in the fall of 1963 with financial support from the Board of American Missions (this lasted until 1982).
Meanwhile, in 1976, another small group of area Lutherans left the Missouri Synod and formed a congregation in the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (AELC) under the name Lutheran Church of All Saints. When several national Lutheran church bodies merged in 1989 to create The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the two congregations began exploring the possibility of their own merger. This took place in the spring of 1990 and shortly thereafter the newly formed group began planning for an expanded facility at the Chautauqua site. The new sanctuary and the renovation of the older building into education and fellowship space was completed in 1997. The grounds provide a beautiful park-like setting that is enjoyed by neighbors. Plans are in place to construct a portico over the main entrance. Both entrances will be fully handicap accessible.
We are a welcoming church, open to diversity in race, culture, and lifestyle. We invite you to join us for worship on Sunday and for a variety of activities throughout the week as we hear and proclaim God’s saving gospel.