An Ancient-Future Faith


Established in 1912 as a parish church for the Hillcrest neighborhood, Grace Lutheran has been faithfully serving uptown San Diego for over 100 years.  A beautiful historic landmark in the city of San Diego and the state of California, Grace Lutheran is where you and your family can expect to receive the forgiveness of sins, life, and salvation through the proclamation of the unchanging gospel of Jesus Christ.


Lutheran Christianity is rooted in the ancient faith and practice of the first century church, tracing its history through the sixteenth-century Lutheran Reformation and the Great Catholic tradition. Fueled by the missionary love of Christ’s cross and resurrection, the Lutheran Church has been about making Christian disciples for centuries and has expanded into the world’s third largest Christian body, with nearly 85 million members worldwide.


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Biblical.   As evangelical catholics, Grace Lutheran teaches that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the divinely inspired and authoritative Word of God;


Confessional.  We believe, teach and confess the theology of our historic confessions found in the first Christian confession of faith, the 1530 Augsburg Confession and the Book of Concord. This 500 year old confession has stood the test of time because it is a faithful expression of the unerring teaching of the Holy Bible and the creeds of the Church.

Sacramental.  Confident that God’s Word bestows exactly what is says (the King speaks and it is done!), Grace Lutheran stands in continuity with the teaching of the Apostles and the ancient Church extolling the benefits of Holy Baptism, Holy Absolution, and Holy Communion whenever we gather in name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  With these gifts of Christ’s Word and Sacraments, we experience the real voice and real presence of God.

Liturgical.  The divine liturgy from the Lutheran Service Book is used at Grace because we follow the theology of worship that God has given His Church by which He saves, sanctifies and is known in the world.  The divine liturgy is not only the means by which God speaks and does His saving and sanctifying, but also is present for His people.