Welcome to Crown of Life Lutheran Church!
Crown of Life exists to joyfully introduce people to Jesus Christ, the Lord of Life, and to assist them to build their lives on Him as their sure foundation. We invite you to come and worship with us.
Our current 9:30 a.m. worship service has a customized service introduction, prayers, and responsive readings based on each week of the Church Year. Music selections may come from Lutheran Service Book, The Lutheran Hymnal, Lutheran Worship, Christian Worship, and other sources. Some music is brand new, specially commissioned for Creative Worship.
Our service is family friendly, incorporating a children's message. Activity bags are available for use at your seat or a child's room, with speakers and a clear view of the sanctuary.
Education opportunities are available through a regular bible study offering and a weekly children's education program (Sunday school).
There are also many opportunities to serve in the name of Christ through the partnerships we have with various local, national and international partner organizations including Gifts for All God's Children, Crossroads Pregnancy Center, Rochester Area Neighborhood House and Lutheran Heritage Fund.
Established in 2015, Crown of Life Preschool offers early childhood education programming to children from 2.5 years up to 6 years of age. Our preschool and junior kindergarten programs are fully licensed by the State of Michigan. A thriving outreach ministry, we are blessed to be located in the heart of this neighborhood and to offer this exceptional Christian education opportunity. Click here for Preschool.
We are a Christian community that teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
What does it mean to be "Lutheran"?
Our congregations accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phases:
Grace alone (Sola Gratia): God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.
Faith alone (Sola Fide): By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.
Scripture alone (Sola Scriptura): The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.
What does it mean to belong to the "Missouri Synod"?
The word "Synod" in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod comes from Greek words that mean "walking together." The term has rich meaning in our church body because congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Though diverse in their service, our congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions. Our congregations believe the Lutheran Confessions are a correct interpretation and presentation of biblical doctrine.
People and their Gifts (Rom 12:3-8, 1 Cor 12:12-26). We will provide a quality Christian education and opportunities to participate in ministry through every stage of life to encourage spiritual growth. (Ps 32:8, Ps 78:5, Ps 119:33, Ps 143:10, Lk 12:12, Jn 14:28, 2Ti 2:2, Heb 5:12. Mt 19:14)
Community and a Sense of Fellowship (1 Thessalonians 5:11, Heb 10:25, Matt 18:20, Acts 2:42) We will share the Good News that Jesus Christ is our Lord and Savior through Missions and Evangelism (Matt 28:16-20, Eph 4:11, 2TI 4:5)
Growth in Christ. We will remain grounded in God's Word, offer joyful Christ centered worship for all, and prayer in all things (Ps 95:6, Ps 100:2, Jn 4:23-24, Ro 12:1). We will enable our members to meet the needs of our members, families, community, and the world, serving each other as our Lord has served us (Lk 12:35, 2Co 9:12, Ep 4:12, 1Pe 4:11).
Families in all forms. Our spiritual fire starts in the family. We will provide the tools necessary for our families to grow at home. Our church, preschool, and educational ministries will support this process (Mk 5:19, 1Ti 3:4-5, 1Ti 5:8)
Excellence in all things. Matt 25:14-30, 2 Cor 9:6-7, Col 3:23 Luke 14:28 While we strive for efficiency and effectiveness in our mission, we will courageously teach the joy-filled message of Biblical Stewardship.
Rev. Keith H. Lemley
My joy in life is to live out the love that God has given to me and share the treasure of faith with others. Through God's Word I understand a little about the immeasurable grace God has given to me through Jesus Christ. It is His grace that empowers each of us to extend forgiveness and compassion to others.
As a lifelong Christian, and native of Metro Detroit, I was always active in local churches serving as an Elder, Sunday school teacher, and a Stephen Minister. I was called to full time ministry in 2009. It certainly was an adjustment for Donna, my precious wife of 40 years. Her love and patience has supported me throughout this journey.
It often occurs to me that having the opportunity to be a Pastor is a huge gift, a gift that I thank God for every day.
Preschool Director and Lead Teacher - Preschool 3s and 4s:
Favorite Bible Verse: Romans 8:38-39 (NIV) For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[ neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.read more
Lead Teacher - Junior Kindergarten:
Favorite Bible Verse: Philippians 4:13(NIV) "I can do everything through Him who gives me strength."read more
Assistant Teacher - Preschool 3s and 4s:
Pia Broden Williams, MM
Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 150 and Psalm 23 in their entirety.
As music director, I play the keyboard instruments, sing, and direct the choir at Crown of Life. I count it a joy to share my love of Christ through the gift and ministry of song each week! My background is musically diverse. I have played the piano since age 4, but my formal training is in voice. I grew up singing and playing gospel music in the church and studied classical voice and jazz in college, while continuing my involvement in multiple groups and choirs -- including an all-female gospel jazz a cappella group.
I am happily married to my wonderful husband of 11 years. We reside in Lake Orion and have three young children, two of which are Crown of Life Preschool students.
Crown of Life Church Office – Communications & Administration:
Favorite Bible Verse: "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
Hello, my name is Don Pell and I am happy to serve as a member of Crown of Life's church office team. I am responsible for church communications and publications. Together with preparing the weekly bulletins and monthly newsletters, my responsibilities include maintaining the digital sign, assisting with the social media and with web site maintenance for the benefit of our members, friends and those people within our reach that are seeking a relationship with Jesus Christ.
I have been a member the congregation for over 30 years and I have served in a variety of capacities during this time: Education (VBS, Sunday School, and Bible Study Leader), Spiritual Care, Altar Guild, Helpmates Facilitator, and as Council Chairman. I am life-long Lutheran church member and I have had the pleasure to serve the Lord in similar ways with congregations in Indiana and Michigan.
Prior to become a formal part of the staff I was an educator in the Rochester Community Schools as a teacher and principal. I see my current staff position as yet another avenue to serve Christ and contribute to our local community and its residents.
I have been blessed with three children and two grandchildren.
Crown of Life Church Office – Worship Support & Administration:
Favorite Bible Verse: Acts 17:26 (ESV) And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place.
(To me, this verse means that regardless of where we are in our lives, school, work, neighbors, friends, church - God has thoughtfully placed each of us there.)
Hello, my name is Melissa and many people know me as Mel. I have been a member at Crown of life since 2012 along with my two sons, Aiden and Cole Rochford. My employment at the church started in the May of 2013 when I cleaned the church once a week. In December of 2013, I started working in the office as a part-time secretary. Some of my duties include making the worship service bulletins, creating the worship presentations, advertising and making sign-up sheets for upcoming events, and much, much more. I have also served the church in various volunteer roles including Altar Guild, Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School, assisting in the tech booth, among other things. Once in a while, you may see me and my sons playing guitar during worship service. As our talent improves, we hope to perform more often (despite my nerves! LOL). I certainly love spending time at the church and with the congregation. There are so many amazing, friendly, loving, and giving people here at Crown of Life! It makes the church feel like a second home!