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Naz has a rich history, starting 150 years ago

One hundred and fifty years ago, a group of Danish emigrants who recently moved to Black Hawk County were moved by the Holy Spirit to pray and act in establishing a place. A place to gather together to pray; be in fellowship as the body of Christ; hear and receive the Word of God; share communion; all for the purposes of knowing Christ, growing in Christ and making Christ known. The name chosen for this fellowship was Nazareth Danish Evangelical Lutheran Church. Evangelical was central to witness because Jesus, crucified and risen, is the good news of light and salvation overflowing for the world to know and embrace.  Lutheran was a connecting point to the Apostle Paul's declaration in Ephesians 2:8-10, "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God - not the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life". The common language at Nazareth has changed over the years, but the passion of Jesus and His message of hope and salvation continues to be celebrated now and passed onto future generations. We are disciples, commissioned by our Lord and empowered by the Holy Spirit, to be disciple makers. Nazareth continues the journey and is a place where people are invited to assemble in prayer, fellowship, worship, and in service - both in and beyond our walls. We gladly hear and learn God's Word and encourage others to see and give glory to God.

Our Mission

Living together in God’s amazing grace, we invite all people to know Christ, grow in Christ and make Christ known.

Our Values

Holy Discontent – Righting What’s Wrong

Responsiveness – Action, Not Apathy

Relationships – We Are Better Together

Leading Beyond Our Walls – Around the Corner, Around the World

Our Beliefs

These are the foundational Christian teachings we believe at Nazareth. This congregation accepts all the canonical books of the Old and New Testaments as a whole and in all their parts as the divinely inspired, revealed, and inerrant Word of God and submits to this as the only infallible authority in all matters of faith and life.

We believe there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. The Father is God; the Son is God; the Holy Spirit is God: And yet there are not three gods, but one God. He is the creator of everything in heaven and earth, and He is sovereign over all.


"Speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”  Ephesians 4:15-16


Questions and Answers Regarding Nazareth Evangelical Lutheran Church’s Affiliation with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and Our Response to Recent Churchwide Assembly Actions Pertaining to Human Sexuality.


Looking for current discussions around Nazareth?

Check out our Church Council Page for updates and archived documents to stay informed!
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