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 and associate members.

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Rev. Twila K. Schock
Senior Minister

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.

Deacon Laura Gorton
Associate Minister

Deacon Laura joined the ministry team at Christ Lutheran Church in September of 2020.  She recently moved to the Rockford area from St. Paul, MN.  She brings with her experience with education, children & youth ministries, and service ministries.  She has a love of worship, liturgy, and reading.

Deacon Jennifer Fox
Minister for Worship and 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.


Vicar Katrina Steingraeber
Pastoral Intern

Vicar Katrina joined the ministry team at Christ Lutheran Church on January 1, 2019.  She is a student at The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.  She will serve as the pastoral intern for two years where she will further develop her pastoral identity with hands on learning of the ministries offered at Christ Lutheran.

Valerie Dusso
Office and Communications Administrator

Valerie teamed up with the staff of Christ Lutheran Church in September 2014.  In her 22 years of professional experience, Valerie has spent over 13 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

Al Francik, President

Al Francik currently serves as council president and as a liaison to the Mission Endowment Fund Committee.  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.


Lee Blackburn, Vice-President

Lee Blackburn currently serves as council vice-president, as liaison to the Spiritual Life Team and as a member of the Youth and Young Adults Team.   She is a paralegal who also loves baking, cooking, and spending time with good friends.


Diane Peters, Treasurer

Diane Peters currently serves as council treasurer, as a liaison to the Financial Advisory Team, and a member of the bell choir.  She is the Senior Marketing Specialist for Savant Capital Management and serves as treasurer for the Rockford Dance Company.  She and her husband, Chris, have three sons.


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.


Walt Boothe

Walt Boothe, a former Christ Lutheran Treasurer, serves as liaison to and chair of the Finance Advisory Committee.  A banker for Illinois Bank & Trust, he has served Rockford in the banking industry for 54 years.  He enjoys spending time both with his grandchildren and at his cabin up north.  


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.


Tari Flack

Tari Flack serves as liaison to the Education Committee. She is the Finance Manager at Midwest Aero Support.  She and her husband, Ned, have 3 sons.  She enjoys spending time with them on ski hills and golf courses.


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.


Mike Meinert

Mike Meinert serves as liaison to the Evangelism Team and is also a member of the Social Ministry Team, where he is actively involved with MOSAIC.   Recently retired from the Rock Valley College IT department, he and his wife, Jodi, have a fledgling business in custom home décor and furnishing.


Bruce Schuchard

Bruce Schuchard serves as liaison to the Spiritual Life Team.  Recently retired from Arnold Engineering, he 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.


David Swanson

Dave Swanson serves as liaison to the Stewardship Team. Dave and his dog Sunny volunteer in the Therapy Dog program at Saint Anthony Hospital.