Welcome to the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church! We hope this site will help you learn more about us and our witness for Jesus Christ. We are a thriving community of believers in the grace of God and his Holy word. Gloria Dei has a long tradition of outreach and service to the community. Join us to experience for yourself the joy of fellowship in Christ!
Meet Our Staff
Our ministerial staff is led by senior pastor Karl Divine-Koch, a graduate of Wartburg Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa, and former campus pastor at California State University in Fresno and Iowa State University in Ames. After serving as interim associate pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Iowa City, he accepted the call the Gloria Dei in May 2000. Pastor Divine-Koch is currently on disability leave.
Gloria Dei is a partner congregation with Lutheran Campus Ministry, led by UI Campus Pastor Rob Dotzel. Pastor Dotzel is a graduate of Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio. In addition to Campus Ministry, Pastor Rob serves part-time at Gloria Dei and teaches religion at Kirkwood Community College. E-mail Pastor Dotzel.
Pam Larabee-Zierath, an associate in ministry of the ELCA, is Minister of Congregational Life. She received a Master’s degree of Theological Studies from Trinity Lutheran Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and a certificate for contemplative prayer group leadership from Shalem Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. E-mail Pam.
How to Join
Please speak with a pastor or indicate on your worship welcome pad if you would like to consider joining the ministry of Gloria Dei. Read more >>
Gloria Dei members are encouraged to sign up for "Members Only" information--detailed events listings, announcements, Council minutes, etc. This requires you to create an account with approved password. Go to the "Members Login" box on the far right bottom of this page. Click "Create an account," and follow the instructions.
Hear Last Week's Sermon
Our pastors deliver inspiring sermons based on the Gospel, illuminating God's grace and impact on our lives and relationships. Listen on our Sermon Page >>
June 19, 2013
Summer Worship Schedule
9:00 am Worship Service
Summer Movie Series
Thurs. June 20
5:30 pm - Potluck finger food
6:00 pm- Movie begins
The Movie- Hugo
Summer Brunch Following Worship
Sun. June 23
There will be a potluck brunch following worship this Sunday, June 23. Bring a hot/cold item to share. We'll provide the beverages.
Sunday adult forum
Check the calendar below for a listing of this week's events.