About Christ Lutheran Church

The history of Christ Lutheran Church goes back to the period of time after World War II when people were slowly beginning to move to the south part of Hammond, Indiana, from further north, East Chicago, and Chicago, Illinois, itself.


In 1950, Reverend Axle Berg, who was serving at St. Paul’s in East Chicago, helped a group who was interested in starting a Lutheran Church in the Woodmar area of Hammond. The first service was held on March 26, 1950 at the Virgil Huber Funeral Home, Hammond. In 1951, Reverend Robert E. Byquist moved to Hammond to become the Mission Developer of the new congregation. It was under the leadership of Pastor Byquist that a decision was made to build on the corner of Indianapolis Boulevard and 171st Street in Hammond, Indiana.


On June 12, 1955, the Parish Hall was dedicated. On October 4, 1964, the Sanctuary was completed and dedicated.


Pastor Byquist was followed by Reverend Ralph Edward Peterson (1960-1962), Reverend Robert Albin (1962-1966), Reverend Gerald Kline (1966-1973), Reverend James Theodore Swanson (1974-2004), Rev. Richard Poole (interim 2004-2006), and Rev. David Norland (interim 2006-2007), Rev. Roger Storms (2007-2014), Vicar Dale Zylstra (intern 2019-2021), Rev. Dale Zylstra (2021-present).


In the fall of 1975, the Parish Hall was

re-dedicated in memory of the mission developer and first pastor of the congregation, the Reverend Robert Byquist. It was renamed Byquist Hall as part of the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the congregation.


In 1988, along with other congregations of the Lutheran Church in America, Christ Lutheran Church became a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Christ Lutheran Church has a present membership of approximately 120 confirmed and 140 baptized members.

What We Believe
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Christian Education  & Music Programs
Sunday School (ages 3-6th grade) meets on Sunday mornings  (September through May) at 9am. 
My Bible (4th grade) is an introduction to how to use the Bible and the story of God’s love for us through the scripture. This class is held for 4 weeks in the fall.
1st Communion (5th grade) is a study of the origins of the Eucharist (Means of Grace).  This class is held for 4 weeks in the fall.
Confirmation (7-8th grade) is a study in catechism, with a review of Old and New Testament stories.  This class meets on Wednesday evenings  (September through May) at 6pm.
Adult Bible Study meets on Sunday mornings  (September through May) at 9am.  
VBS (Vacation Bible School) in partnership with Gloria Dei Lutheran Church of Highland, is also offered to sunday school aged children in July.
Genesis Chimes (Children’s Chime Choir) rehearses on Thursday evenings at 6:20pm (Aug-May).
JuBellation (Adult Bell Choir) rehearses on Thursday evenings at 7pm (Aug-May).
Adult Choir (ages 13 and up) rehearses on Thursday evenings at 8pm (Sept-May).  
Sunday School Singers rehearse Sunday mornings (September-May) from 9:45-10:00 am and periodically sing during worship.