The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection was established by Pastor John Moren and 63 charter members in the fall of 1963, when there were still more sheep and cows than people in the community not yet known as Granite Bay.
At first, the tiny congregation met in the house on the corner of Douglas Boulevard and Joe Rodgers Road. Later on, they held services in a nearby church and at Eureka School. But they knew they needed a church of their own. So when 13 acres of land on Douglas Boulevard became available, they purchased it for $35,000.
In the spring of 1965, construction began on a small sanctuary and classroom wing. Ambitious members of the congregation roamed the fields of Granite Bay in search of rocks to be used for the front wall and altar background of the new sanctuary, which was dedicated on October 27, 1965. The building now serves as the church’s Fellowship Hall.
Pastor Moren soon moved on, and an energetic young pastor right out of seminary named Paul Carlson was called to replace him in 1968. Carlson would serve for 37 years before retiring in 2005.
The campus grew a little at a time in the 1970s, first adding the “Upper Room” – today’s Faith Room – in 1973, then additional classrooms in 1978. But the sanctuary was bursting at the seams, so in the early 1980s the congregation voted to build a beautiful new sanctuary and a church office. Resurrection continued to grow, and in 1990, a task force was formed to plan for the future. That effort led to the construction of the Youth Room and the rest of that classroom wing in 1995, and more planning to determine whether and how to build a new multipurpose facility.
In 2002, the congregation voted to move forward with a 13,000-square-foot facility that would finally provide the space to do things many members had long wanted to do – hold congregational dinners, provide practice space for the choirs, stage concerts and plays and house a library. The project also included an expanded church office. Ground was broken for the Resurrection Faith Center in 2003, and the building – which seats 600 people – was completed in 2005.
After Pastor Paul retired in 2005, Pastor John Ridenour served as the Interim Pastor from 2005 through 2008 until Pastor Don Haven was called as the church’s third permanent pastor.
After weathering the economic downturn and tensions caused by the ELCA’s social statements on sexuality, the church has rebounded. New staff has been added to focus on youth and family ministry, contemporary worship and children’s ministry.
As of 2011, the congregation has more than 850 baptized members with an average worship attendance of 375 a week.