About Christ Lutheran

CLC is a welcoming, multi-generational family of faith that provides contemporary spiritual support while balancing traditional ideals. Our two services offer something for everyone, whether you prefer a more traditional or contemporary style. We offer thriving education, social, and community programs in a warm and friendly setting for those of any age. We are glad you are here and hope these pages will answer any questions you have about Christ Lutheran Church.

Short History of Christ Lutheran

"Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a kernel. But if it dies, it produces many seeds." John 12:24

Christ Lutheran is a story of dying and rising. In spring of 1995, its struggling predecessor, Living Christ Lutheran Church, closed its doors. A faithful remnant of Living Christ's members moved to a storefront, where -- under the leadership of Pastor Arthur Bergren -- it reopened its doors as Christ Lutheran.

Experiencing rapid growth, Christ Lutheran was organized as a congregation on October 6, 1995 and became a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on June 21, 1997. Soon after, it purchased a parcel of land and built its beautiful new facility on Riverside Road. This facility was dedicated on December 10, 1998. Today, Christ Lutheran is a vital community of faith with 500+ baptized members.

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Rev. Twila K. Schock
Senior Pastor

Pastor Twila joined the ministry team at Christ Lutheran Church in May of 2012. She joins us most recently from her years as Director of Global Mission Support with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. She has also served as a missionary and as a mission developer.

Rev. Neal Cannon
Associate Pastor of Youth & Family

Pastor Neal graduated from Luther Seminary in May of 2014 and joined Christ Lutheran's staff in August of 2014. He worked for six years as a youth director at Roseville Lutheran Church after he graduated from Augustana College in 2006.


Jennifer Fox, Deacon
Director of Worship & Music

Ms. Fox began directing the music ministries here in 1996. She is responsible for choirs for all ages, worship planning, music, and drama in worship and development of lay leaders for worship.


Valerie Dusso
Office and Communications Administrator

Valerie teamed up with the staff of Christ Lutheran Church in September 2014.  In her 18 years of professional experience, Valerie has spent over 9 years working in church administration which has prepared her well for the full scope of work here at Christ Lutheran.

Craig Carlson
Congregational Musician

Mr. Carlson has been a part of the music ministries here at Christ Lutheran since worship began in 1996.  He and his family are charter members and reside in the area.  He brings with him many gifts and talents.  In addition to his work at Christ, Craig works in the banking industry. 

Michelle Nelson
Finance Assistant

Ms. Nelson began her work at Christ in 2010.  She works in all areas of finance.



Congregational Leadership

Syd Nolan, President

Syd Nolan currently serves as council president and as a liaison to the Mission Endowment Fund Committee.  A Manufacturing Manager at Specialty Screw Corporation, he enjoys working with scale models and historical scenes in his free time.


Karen Boeger, Vice-President

Karen Boeger currently serves as council vice-president and liaison to the 2020 Visioning Taskforce.  A church professional by training, Karen enjoys music and reading in her spare time.


Jeff Bieck, Treasurer

Jeff Bieck currently serves as council treasurer and as a liaison to the Financial Advisory Committee.  A recent retiree, he enjoys volunteering for the congregational gardening committee, playing golf, and spending time with family.


Sue Hunter, Secretery

Sue Hunter currently serves as council secretary and as a liaison to the Social Ministry Team.   A recently retired VIP Corporate Travel Agent, she enjoys spending time with her grand-daughter, friends, the Chicago Cubs and Blackhawks, and studying American history.


Lee Blackburn

Lee Blackburn serves as liaison to the Spiritual Life Team and as a member of the Youth and Young Adults Team.  A paralegal for a family law attorney, she loves baking, cooking, and spending time with good friends.


Ken Erboe

Ken Erboe serves as liaison to the Youth and Young Adult Ministry Team.  A mechanical designer at an engineering firm that designs custom machinery, Ken enjoys working in the yard, around the house, and watching his daughter play volleyball.


Al Francik

Al Francik serves as liaison to the Stewardship Team.  A retired dermatologist at the Rockford Clinic and Associate Professor of Dermatology at the U of I Chicago and Rockford School of Medicine, he is married to Gail, has three children and seven grandchildren.


Bev Frank

Bev Frank serves as liaison to the Global Mission Team.  A long-time worker at Rockford Lutheran Academy, Bev enjoys spending time with her friends, children, and grandchildren, as well as music, reading, and gardening.


Sally Rode

Sally Rode serves as liaison to the Christian Education Team.  A retired realtor, Sally enjoys gardening, reading, quilting, and volunteering at the Boone Country Keen Age Center Auxiliary and Friends of Ida Public Library.


Ron Schoepfer

Ron Schoepfer serves as liaison to the Evangelism Team.  A Finance Director in the Rockford Mass Transit District, he fills his free time with music, biking, and family activities.


Bruce Schuchard

Bruce Schuchard serves as liaison to the Spiritual Life Team.  A company lead at Arnold Engineering, Bruce enjoys spending time outdoors, camping with his wife Nancy, cooking, and spending time with friends.


John Sommerfield

John Sommerfield serves as a liaison to the Social Ministry Team.  In his retirement, he enjoys volunteering, spending time with his grandchildren, and creating artwork.