Cathie Carlisle

Interim Office Manager

Calvary's Office Manager recently retired. We will be seeking a new permanent Office Manager soon. In the interim, Council Secretary Cathie Carlisle is providing office support. The office is open Monday to Thursday, from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm. If you have a question about worship, education, or if you need to talk with someone for any reason, call 503-648-5686 or email office@calvarylutheranhillsboro.org.

Calvary Lutheran Church (ELCA)

Who we are

937 NE Jackson School Rd. Hillsboro, OR 97124   |   503.648.5686

MEET THE STAFF

Joel Westby

Interim Pastor​
36 years as ordained Pastor; 11 as an interim. Served congregations in North Dakota, Montana, Idaho and Oregon. Training in Transformative mediation, Compassionate Communication and Healthy Congregations. Grew up in west central Minnesota. Married for 39 years with four adult children and six grandchildren (from Oregon to Michigan). Enjoys gardening, hiking, reading and having connecting conversation. Please call 503-648-5686 or email pastor@calvarylutheranhillsbo.org

Calvary Lutheran Church began as a small group of devoted Christians gathered under the guidance of Pastor Baglien in 1956. They met in a Grange Hall on Sunday mornings and had to pick up beer bottles before setting up chairs for worship. They grew into Calvary Lutheran Church and soon broke ground to build the beautiful sanctuary we enjoy today. Calvary has about 200 active members, with about eighty people (young and old) that show up on a typical Sunday.


Times change and seasons change, but some things stay the same. Calvary uses a variety of traditional liturgical settings as well as less structured contemporary music worship styles on Sunday mornings. During certain seasons on Wednesday evenings, we've been trying our own version of an ancient kind of worship called Agape Meals. This involves a simple soup supper, some informal discussion about a Bible text or other reading, followed by communion and prayer. We'll let you know when we're offering this.


I'm guessing most Christian churches believe in a thing called grace, which can be defined as God's free gift of unconditional love. We come to know this grace most fully through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Something like that. Lutherans really like this reality of God's grace. Our relationship with God is not dependent upon how good we are or what incredible things we do or how much we go to church or pray or know the Bible or how confidently we believe. We don't care if you've had extraordinary religious experiences or done amazing charitable works. Those are all good things, but we do not stake our lives on these things. We just trust what Jesus said, that God loves us, and wants us to be a part of the Kingdom of God. We think even our ability to believe in God is a gift from God. Also, we welcome anyone to receive God's free gift of Communion.


Lutherans read the Bible. We consider the Bible the source and norm of our faith. Also, Luther had a couple of statements that inform our social ethics:  "Sin boldly" and the idea that we are "simultaneously sinners and saints."  Lutherans are uniquely equipped to enter into the messiness of life, those ethical dilemmas in which there isn't a clear right or wrong. We try to make the most compassionate and loving choices we can and "sin boldly", trusting in God's grace. 


Calvary is part of a larger group of Lutherans - the Oregon Synod and the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). 




Maggie Shuler

Preschool Director

Calvary Lutheran Preschool meets at our church five days a week. We love having them here! Maggie is the director, there are 5 teachers, and 60 three and four year old children. Click below to visit the preschool website for all the details.

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