Our Mission

To follow the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus Christ

19 "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28:19 & 20

Our Pastors

We are especially blessed to have these servants who lead God's ministry here at Lutheran Church of the Cross. One thing special about this church is the pastoral care that is given. If you have any questions about us please feel free to connect directly with any one of our pastors or ministry directors.

Leland Lantz

Leland Lantz

I am the Senior Pastor here at Lutheran Church of the Cross. My office is at the Laguna Woods Campus, but I am at both locations regularly. My favorite Bible passage is 2 Corinthians 5:17

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John Foss

John Foss

I am the Pastor who is based at our Aliso Viejo Campus. I am the Pastor for our School, AVCS. I enjoy ministering to our families from church and school. My favorite Bible passage is John 1:12

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Roger Marsh

As one of the most recent to join the team of pastors here, I am involved with most ministries across the church and schools, but, my passion is preaching. My favorite Bible passage is John 1:10

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Rob Warren

I am a Pastor here and I work with our worship teams and Bible study programs. My favorite Bible passage is, Philippians 1:9-11.

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Ron Michelson

Ron Michelson

I am a Messianic Lutheran Pastor, I am the Visitation Pastor, I teach Bible studies and work with Bethesda Homes. and Stephen Ministry. My favorite Bible passage is, Jeremiah 29:11.]

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Beech Bay

Bekah Bay

I am the Director of our Children’s Ministries. We have Sunday School at both locations and Wednesday night.

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what we Believe

Lutheran Church of the Cross is a Christ-centered, Bible-believing fellowship of disciples: Rooted within the one, historical Christian Church which finds its center in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ; grounded on the Word of God, the Bible; and kindred in Spirit with evangelical expressions of local congregations and the world-wide family of Christ.
We believe that God is the Creator of all things and that He continues to love His creation regardless of the sinfulness that has corrupted it. (Gen. 1:1, Col. 1:16-17, Isa. 43:7)
We believe that the Bible is God’s Living Word, without error in terms of God’s intent in original manuscripts. Inspired by God’s Spirit, the Bible is still our final authority in matters of faith and life. (II Tim. 3:16, Psa. 119:105)
We believe that there is one God (Deuteronomy 6:4), eternally existing in three persons: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. (Matt. 3:16-17, 28:19, II Cor. 13:14)
We believe that Jesus Christ, in His earthly ministry, was both fully God and fully human, and is now in His glorified state equal and co-eternal in the one Triune Godhead. Jesus’ death and resurrection paid the penalty for our sins and, by grace through faith, offers believers full forgiveness and eternal salvation. (I Tim. 3:16, Isaiah 9:6, Romans 4:25, Col. 1:15-20, Gal. 2:20, I Peter 2:24)
We believe that the Holy Spirit, also co-eternal in the Triune Godhead, brings us to a saving faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, as the Holy Spirit teaches, gathers, and equips believers to live lives that bring honor and glory to the Lord and fullness of life to the world. (Acts 2, I Cor. 12:1-31, 14:1-12, Gal. 5)
We believe that, because God created all things, creation is good. Yet, because of the Fall (original sin), we are selfish and do not purely fear and love God. We also believe that we continue to sin (actual sin) by our own fault. On both accounts, we need Jesus Christ, Who alone can save and redeem us. (Isa. 53, Rom. 1-3)

We believe that Christ alone (Acts 4:12, John 14:6) provides what the human condition needs — forgiveness of sins, assurance of eternal life, and joyful peace. This is called salvation and is a free gift (grace, Eph. 2:8-9). We believe that anyone who believes in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior can be certain of this salvation (assurance, John 5:24). We believe that we partake of this free gift of grace by faith alone (Rom. 3:28, John 3:16), and thereby enter a life-long process of change and growth (sanctification). (Rom. 12:2, II Cor. 5:17)
We believe that we are a part of the one, true Church (Eph. 3:4-6, Rom. 12:5) made up of all who believe in Christ as Lord and Savior. We extend the proclamation and invitation of this Gospel (salvation through Christ) to all people, and welcome into Christian fellowship (membership) all who accept this message and believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. (Rom. 15:7)
We believe that God invites us to pray and that He always hears and answers prayers in ways that respect our bidding and fulfill His ultimate Will. (James 5:16, Matt. 18:18-20)
We believe that Jesus instituted Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper as a promised means of His grace. We believe that the Lord truly acts in the sacraments, and that our faith is an essential part of the equation which makes the sacraments real and effective as a means of bestowing forgiveness of sins and grace to the sinner. We also believe that in the absence of faith in Christ our Lord is also present to convict the sinner. (Mark 16:16, I Cor. 11:23-29)
We believe that Jesus Christ will return in glory and power to judge the living and the dead. (Matt. 25:31, John 14:1-6, Rev. 19-21)
based on the Bible, God’s Word given to His Church:

We believe that Christians are to be actively involved in sharing the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ with all people who do not yet believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior as the sole means of salvation (Matt. 28:18-20, II Peter 3:9).

We believe that a full sexual relationship belongs within the boundaries of a publicly committed marriage between one man and one woman (Genesis 2:24, Ephesians 5:31, Exo. 20:14, Romans 1:26-27).

Marriage mysteriously and miraculously reflects the greater and eternal relationship God desires between Himself and the Church.
We believe in the sanctity and defense of all human life including the unborn (Deut. 30:19, Jeremiah 1:5, 31:15, Proverbs 31:8).

We believe that Christians are to be pro-active in peacemaking, seeking justice, and meeting human needs for all people (Eph. 2:14, Matt. 5:9, Matt. 25).

We believe that Christians are to work actively to break down the barriers that divide people — especially those barriers of race, economics, and gender (Acts 10:34-35, Galatians 3:28).

We do not believe that these distinctions will matter in heaven and teach that the Church on earth should begin to mirror this eventual reality (Matt. 6:10).

16 “For this is how God loved the world: He gave His one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16 NLT