Welcome to Crown of Life Lutheran Church!
To joyfully introduce people to Jesus Christ, the Lord of Life. We invite you to come and worship with us.
We have two convenient times for in-person Sunday worship. Our 9:00 AM worship is more traditional in liturgy with the beautiful, resilient hymns familiar to us all. If you prefer a more relaxed worship style with fresh, modern songs/medleys while keeping Jesus strong at its core, then stop by at 10:30 AM for our contemporary worship.
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 3 years to 5 years of age. Our preschool and young fives 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.
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).
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)
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.
Reverend Terry Baughman
Pastor Terry has a passion for ministry and a love for the gospel message. He joined the staff of Crown of Life Lutheran Church and Preschool in March of 2020. Prior to attending Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, he earned a BA from Concordia Wisconsin with a degree in Secondary Music Education and accepted a Call as a teacher in Indianapolis. He also served congregations in music and youth in Rochester, Lake Orion, and Waterford.
He is married to Kristi, who is a teacher at Lutheran High School Northwest. They have three children; Jaqueline, Becca, and Joey. Terry also coaches volleyball at Rochester Adams and for Legacy Volleyball Club. He is a diehard fan of the Green Bay Packers and anyone who plays the Chicago Bears.
Please feel free to contact him at church by calling 248-652-7720 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Preschool Director and Lead Teacher:
Favorite Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:8-10 "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith, and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God, not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."read more
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 – Office Assistant:
Favorite Bible Verse: "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him." John 3:16-17
Hello, my name is Karen. I recently retired and now serve as Office Assistant. I am delighted to use my administrative skills to help the office run efficiently. My husband Rick and I started visiting in 2016 and officially became members in 2017. We have a daughter and son-in-law and two grandsons. We are blessed they live close so we can see them often.
Crown of Life Church Office – Administrative Assistant:
Favorite Bible Verse: "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.' "
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!