Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church is a confessional church. What it means to be confessional is that we believe, teach, and confess the doctrine of the Holy Scriptures as expressed in the three ecumenical creeds of the Church (Apostle’s, Nicene, and Athanasius) and expressed in the Book of Concord (1580).
A concise and true expression of what we teach is found in the Apostles Creed:
I believe in God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth.
And in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary; suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried; He descended into hell; the third day He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from thence He shall come to judge the quick and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Ghost; the holy catholic Church, the communion of saints; the forgiveness of sins; the resurrection of the body; and the life everlasting. Amen.
For a fuller expression of what we believe, teach, and confess at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church read the Augsburg Confession of 1530 found here.
If you would like to know more about us, or have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Greetings to you you in the name of Jesus. We pray you’ll take a moment to receive this invitation to worship with a joyful heart.
We are your neighbors at Grace Lutheran Church and we have been here over 50 years ministering to the city of Rialto. We’ve seen the neighborhoods grow and change over the past half century. But what hasn’t changed is that people need to know they are loved, and that they matter. Grace has been telling the Good News of Jesus and His love for you.
You may be doing well, or your heart may be broken by some loss. Grace is a Family Church where we won’t try and wow you with fancy programs or a lot of flash and glitz. Like the Church always has, we simply come together to sing and pray, to hear God’s Word and to receive His Gifts of grace while helping each other with glad and simple hearts, just like they did in Acts 2:42-47…
Acts 2:42-47 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
At Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church worship is reverent and distinctively Lutheran. Our worship is not focused upon what we should do for God, but rather upon God who comes to us with His gifts who, for the sake of His Son Jesus Christ, forgives us all of our sins, strengthens our faith, and draws us to Himself where we may fellowship with Him and His people.
Senior Pastor Bill Maggard is a second career pastor from all over but considers Indiana and Wyoming his home states. His previous career included a variety of computer jobs. He and his wife, Erin, came to the Lutheran church later in life and love the pure doctrine of our church because it gives all glory to Jesus Christ who is our salvation. He graduated in May, 2018 with a Master of Divinity from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Pastor and Erin are very excited to become part of the Rialto community. Pastor’s daughter Jill is currently living and going to school in Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Associate Pastor Daniel Holm was born and raised in Southern California and has been a member of Grace Lutheran Church since he was a child. He entered the seminary in 2013 to become a Specific Ministry Pastor (SMP) through Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, Indiana. He was ordained February, 2017 at Grace. He has been married to his lovely wife, Eleanor, for 13 years and they have three boys named Noah, Elijah, and Abraham. All three boys have been baptized at Grace Lutheran Church and Noah currently serves as an acolyte.