What Do Lutherans Believe?

Lutherans believe in the Triune God. God created and loves all of creation -- the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God's Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God's Spirit is active in the world.


We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.

The convictions shared by Christians from many different traditions are expressed in statements of belief called creeds.  We use the Apostles’ and Nicene Creeds in our worship.

These ecumenical creeds that Lutherans affirm and use in worship confess the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.

The Confession of Faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) informs our governing documents.   

The ELCA has developed a number of Social Statements over the years addressing the church's official positions on a variety of social issues.  These provide a broad framework to assist the church in thinking about social issues in the context of faith and life.

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Who is Christ the Servant Lutheran Church?

Christ the Servant Lutheran Church was formed in 1974 as a mission congregation of the Lutheran Church in America.  We began on November 1, 1975 with 117 baptized members.  We dedicated our current building in September, 1984.  We finished a major renovation in 2017 with new paint, flooring, doors, windows, lights, food prep area, and most importantly, comfortable chairs!

We currently have 185 members and average 70 at Sunday morning worship.

Christ the Servant is a member of the Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

We think of ourselves as open, diverse, and friendly.  We hope you will think of us that way, too!

Church Staff

Pastor Phillip Carl

Welcome from Pastor Carl



Being pastor of Christ the Servant Lutheran Church energizes me!  I knew before I came here in 2008 that this was a progressive congregation proud of its place in the public square.  Being “The Church in The Shopping Center” is an identity the congregation claims with pride.  But when I arrived  -- it was even better than I expected!  I found an active group of people who were eager to welcome people of all races, walks of life, and gender identities.   On top of that I found people who were excited about worship and who already had a rich tradition of bringing lots of life to our traditional Lutheran liturgy.  One of the things which continues to intrigue me is the curiosity our members have about new and different ways of looking at tradition and doctrine.  Add to this mix a healthy measure of service to the hungry, homeless, and oppressed – and you have a congregation who truly lives its mission to “Celebrate, Think, and Serve.”  Come, be a part of a very good thing!


Pastor Phillip Carl

Alexander Bean, Minister of Music

Alexander “Alex” Bean is a native of Oregon, now a transplant to the East Coast. Bean received a B.Mus in Organ Performance and Music Composition from the University of Oregon (2016), and an MFA in Music Composition From Brandeis University (2020). His compositions have been performed by groups including eighth blackbird and Roomful of Teeth. HIs previous composition teachers have included Robert Kyr, Erin Gee, and Eric Chasalow. His previous organ teachers have included Barbara Baird and Christian Lane. His music exhibits a variety of eclectic influences, from the very old (Medieval and Baroque) to the very recent (jazz and classical avant-garde). In addition to his work as an organist and composer, Bean is an abstract painter, inspired by the work of Pollack and de Kooning. When he isn’t involved in the arts, Bean enjoys gardening, brewing beer, and reading Confucian philosophy.

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Heather Whitman, Parish Manager

Heather Whitman is a Pennsylvania native, but has considered Reston, VA home for over 20 years. She has a BA in Psychology from Juniata College and has previously worked in human resources. A proud field hockey and baseball mom, Heather can be found in the bleachers cheering on the South Lakes Seahawks and University of Lynchburg Hornets. She also enjoys reading, baking, and exploring the Reston trails.