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 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.
We Partner With:
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) - www.elca.org/
The Metropolitan Washington D.C. Synod of the (ELCA) - metrodcelca.org/
Fellowship Square Foundation - www.fellowshipsquare.org
Cornerstones - www.cornerstonesva.org
N Street Village - www.nstreetvillage.org
Lutheran Social Services of the National Capital Area - www.lssnca.org
Food For Others - www.foodforothers.org
The Reston Drop In Center - www.therestondropincenter.org
Mar-Lu-Ridge Camp - www.mar-lu-ridge.org
United Lutheran Seminary - www.unitedlutheranseminary.edu/
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!
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.
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 mom, Heather can be found in the bleachers cheering on the South Lakes Seahawks and JMU Dukes. She also enjoys reading, baking, and exploring the Reston trails.