The only Lutheran church started during the U.S. Civil War, Cambridge Lutheran Church was founded in 1864 as the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church. We celebrated 150 years as a congregation in 2014. Started during some of the darkest times of our nation's history, we still seek to offer God's light to our community and the world.

It is said that congregations need to re-invent themselves every 40 years as part of their life-cycle, and this church has gone through many manifestations of itself. These include switching from Swedish to English, multiple building programs, and size, having been a small, medium and large church over the years. 

Part of our rich history has been starting many other area sister churches in the area. This history is recorded in our centennial book, The Lighted Spire.

Our roots are in the old Swedish Augustana synod. We are part of the ELCA since 1988, prior to that having been a part of the Lutheran Church in America.  

We give thanks for the faithful who've gone before us, many of whom rest in the cemetery on church grounds. 

Our identity, however, is not in tradition or history, but in what God is doing today.

For more information about our history, you may contact the Archives Team.