About Christ on Capitol Hill

You Are Welcome Here

Christ on Capitol Hill is a diverse, welcoming and inclusive community centered in Christ. We are part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a Christian denomination of about 4 million members throughout the United States and in communion with many other church bodies throughout the world.

Whether you have had a relationship with God your whole life or are just now exploring God’s existence, you may find a fit in this small part of Christ’s community. Everybody is welcome here and we embrace the value of being different together. We know that we are all in different places on our spiritual journeys, and we celebrate our differences and mutual acceptance as people of God. We seek to be caring, real and admit our doubts. We are “in construction” as those who attempt to love God as deeply as God loves us, hoping to make a difference through serving and partnering with others.

We gather in worship, grow around tables, and serve in our daily lives.


Land Acknowledgement

Mni Sota Makoce (Minnesota) is the homeland of the Dakota people. The Dakota have lived here for many thousands of years. Anishinaabe people reside here, too, and reached their current homelands after following the megis shell to the food that grows on water (manoomin, or wild rice). Indigenous people from other Native nations also reside in Minnesota and have made innumerable contributions to our region.

For more depth and insight, please consider this resource from the Native Governance Center and especially: What does Solidarity look like?


Our History

Christ Lutheran Church on Capitol Hill (that began its story as the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church) is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Christ on Capitol Hill History


Be A Part of Christ

Whether or not you have a church background, we welcome you to our congregation!

God calls us to worship, to be in community and to serve. You do not need to be a member of our church in order to do any of these — but many have found that uniting with a church body is a commitment that brings to them a sense of belonging, the challenge to grow in their faith, and an opportunity to use their talents and experience in the service of God.

It’s exciting to be a part of something so much bigger than we are! All newcomers are invited to connect with the pastor. There are several “paths to membership,” depending on your needs. Some people simply want to get to know others and be welcomed through affirmation of baptism. Others want a deeper experience. Even for life-long Lutherans, participation in one of these paths is a chance to connect with others in the congregation and learn about the many opportunities for fellowship and service that are unique to this congregation.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Christ on Capitol Hill, we invite you to speak with Pastor Joy McDonald Coltvet to learn more.