Christ Lutheran Church is a metropolitan congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Founded in 1887 to serve English-speaking Lutherans in South Baltimore, by the 1920s the congregation had members throughout the region. Firmly committed to the Gospel and the City of Baltimore, Christ Church was a leader in the rebirth of the Inner Harbor and the Federal Hill and Otterbein neighborhoods.
When other congregations left the city, Christ Church built its beautiful new Gothic sanctuary in 1955. Six years before the Inner Harbor opened as a tourist attraction in 1980, the congregation built Christ Church Harbor Apartments: 288 units of senior citizen housing for low- and moderate-income persons, and the Deaton Hospital, which became University Specialty Hospital, a division of University of Maryland Medical System.
The congregation’s commitment to excellence in worship and music is witnessed to by the commission of an organ from the Andover Organ Company. Under the inspired leadership of Daniel Aune, DMA, the congregation is a leader in music in service to the worship of God.
Christ Lutheran Church offers a variety of worship opportunities each week: On Sundays, traditional worship at 8:30 and 11:00 a.m. and Contemporary Worship at 8:45 a.m. (9:45 a.m. during the summer), all with Word and Sacrament. And on Wednesdays, a service of prayer at 11:00 a.m. and Candlelight Holy Communion at 7:15 p.m., both in our chapel.
The congregation also offers extensive programs in education for persons of all ages; a nursery school for two-, three- and four-year-olds; and a year-round homeless shelter for forty women and children. Vibrant youth and health ministries are also part of a church that is open and busy 24/7.
We are a diverse and inclusive fellowship, blessed to be a blessing to others. Whether you are a visitor for a day or a member for a lifetime, we cherish your presence. The original church sign from 1887 hangs in our coffee hour room. Its message is timeless and true: “Every Seat Free. Everybody Welcome.”