ABOUT US

Faith Lutheran Church is committed to serving the local community by providing care and outreach through many organizations.  Pastor Terral would love to answer any questions you may have.  Please let us know how we can help you!

ADDRESS

940-668-7147

1823 Luther Ln
Gainesville, TX  76240

faithgainesville@outlook.com

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ABOUT US

In late 1974 and early 1975, thirty families in the Gainesville area began meeting together and making plans to establish the first Lutheran congregation in the area.  By March of that year, in the Gainesville National Bank Hospitality Room, the name was chosen, times and location were set—Faith Lutheran Church was established by God, through His chosen and beloved people.  Some forty-three years later, we gather here as brothers and sisters in Christ to those faithful families, some of whom are still worshipping with us!   We give thanks to God for His work in this community, and we are glad to gather together in His name for prayer, to praise Him and receive His gifts of forgiveness, grace and salvation in Jesus.

OUR STORY

In late 1974 and early 1975, thirty families in the Gainesville area began meeting together and making plans to establish the first Lutheran congregation in the area.  By March of that year, in the Gainesville National Bank Hospitality Room, the name was chosen, times and location were set—Faith Lutheran Church was established by God, through His chosen and beloved people.  Some forty-three years later, we gather here in this building, brothers and sisters in Christ to those faithful families, some of whom are still worshipping with us!  We give thanks to God this morning for His work in this community, and we are glad to gather together in His name for prayer, to praise Him and receive His gifts of forgiveness, grace and salvation in Jesus.

OUR FOCUS

Being a Lutheran congregation, our focus is Christ Jesus.  It is odd having to say that but this is something we don’t want to take for granted.  In a day and age like ours, filled with all manner of calamity and turmoil, involving our own families and countries large and small around the world, we must hold tightly to the One who came to seek and save.  In Christ’s life, death, resurrection, ascension and return, we His chosen, depend on His steadfast love and promises to that, though we are weary and heavy-laden, we will overcome through Him.  That is our focus.  To love the Lord with all our heart, soul and might, and love those whom He places in our midst. 

OUR COMMUNITY

With a focus on Christ and our neighbors, the family of Faith Lutheran Church seeks to serve.  A large portion of what we do as a church is operating a resale store called Helping Hands of Faith.  Helping Hands of Faith is a volunteer run shop which donates, through grants, nearly all of the annual proceeds.  Women's shelters, child advocacy groups, fire and police departments, schools and many more of our local aid organizations receive grants as large as $5,000.  This is just one way we serve our neighbors.

Pastor Paul and Jamie Terral

Pastor Terral and his wife Jamie joined Faith Lutheran Church July 1, 2018.  At that time, he was serving a year-long student internship as "Vicar".   He was ordained as Pastor on August 11, 2019 after successfully completing his vicarage,

A little information from Pastor Terral:

Jamie and I have been married for 15 years and have four wonderful children.   Since our marriage, we have both been involved in serving the Church (LCMS) in numerous ways. 

 

Before arriving in Gainesville, Texas to serve at Faith Lutheran I served as a Director of Christian Education for ten years, leading ministries at Camp Lone Star in southeast Texas and Our Savior Lutheran Church in Austin, Texas. Prior to that, I served four years as an avionics technician on F-16s in the Air Force. I graduated from Concordia University–Austin, with a B.A. in Christian Education and Theology and am just about to finish a Master’s of Divinity from Concordia Seminary in St Louis. 

 

Jamie also studied at Concordia in Austin (M.Ed.) as well as Texas A&M (B.S.)—Whoop!  She has taught six years at two different Lutheran High Schools, one in central Austin and one in Fergusson, Missouri, covering most of the math subjects and many of the sciences. In addition to  teaching in a high school setting she spent a little time teaching at Lone Star College in west Houston. While doing all of that, and being a tremendous mother of four, she has become a certified nutritional educator and is working to create her own nutritional education small business in order to support and encourage those interested in health and wellness. 

 

Our four kids are the best there are…I am biased of course—Madelyn is in 5th grade and seems to be incredibly musically gifted.  Lillian is in 3rd grade and is enjoying it very, very much-always with a little silliness in her step.  Samuel is six, in first grade, and likes hunting (although he has never been), fishing, being outside and eating…constantly.  And David, our one year old…his life is simple—eat, sleep, and follow the other three anywhere.  Our kids are readers, artists and explorers.  They love to be outside and when the weather is warm, we are out playing. 

 

God’s Peace and Joy to you!

 

Paul and Jamie Terral