We Are Celebration Lutheran Church


In the Fall of 1990, Pastor Randy Olson began knocking on doors in the area, seeking people who were interested in becoming a part of a new congregation. An open house was held at the parsonage in December 1990, where Sunday evening services were held until May 5, 1991 when sixty prospective members initiated services at Kirtland High School. The high school remained the home base of worship for eight years.


On May 16, 1993, Celebration Lutheran Church was officially organized as a Lutheran congregation in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with the signing of the charter (hanging in our Gathering Space) by 147 individuals and the adoption of the Constitution.


Groundbreaking for our current (and only) building was held on Sunday, August 15, 1998 and construction began. On Sunday, November 29, 1998 the congregation celebrated the laying of the cornerstone, and buried the time capsule containing artifacts of Celebration Lutheran’s early history.


Palm Sunday, March 28, 1999, worship services began for a final time at Kirtland High School. The service continued with a procession of vehicles to 10621 Auburn Road, Chardon – the new home of Celebration Lutheran Church.


On March 26, 2000, Celebration said goodbye to its Mission Developer and first pastor, Pastor Randy Olson. During the sixteen months of being in the call process for a new pastor the congregation was led by two interim pastors, Pastor William Twynham and the Pastor Marshall Begley.


On July 9, 2001, Pastor Laura Barbins began her first day in the office with her first service as our new pastor on Sunday, July 15, 2001. We celebrated her installation on Sunday, September 9, 2001.


Throughout the next 10 years, Celebration experienced moments of great joy, such as the first Son of the Congregation, David Snyder beginning seminary and being ordained, and a second seminarian, Kate Crecelius following soon after. 

In recent years, Celebration has become home to two Pastoral Residents, Angie Storer and Audrey Mihalacki. Both of these young ladies have since moved on to seminary training, with Angie Storer reaching ordination in Fall of 2015. We are now the home to Dorothy's Porch four times a year, a household goods and clothing give-away; the largest in the Geauga area. And, most recently, Celebration completed a $.5million campaign to retire the remainder of the debt on the building. Because of the success of that campaign, we were able to add two new ministries: The Geauga Mobile Food Pantry and support Word Made Flesh.


As we are G.R.O.W.I.N.G. Disciples, we look to be a presence in the community connecting people to people, and connecting people to Christ.

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