Welcome to Faith Lutheran Church Andover, Iowa

We are a welcoming people of God striving to reflect Jesus Christ's love, grace, and are open to the work of the Holy Spirit.


About Faith

About Us


  The beginning of Faith Lutheran Church started in 1946, when adults and teenagers participated in Sunday School. Due to the absence of a church building, Sunday School was held at the old depot, old city hall fire station, dance hall and a home. Faith Lutheran Church grew out of the prayers and concerns of devoted people who believed a church was a necessary part of the community. On December 20, 1949, 13 people representing nine families, met at a home to consider organization. This home was renovated and became a place of fellowship and living quarters for the minister.

 In April 1951, ground was broken to build the church structure on 3 1/2 acres of land on the edge of town. The dedication of the new church was held on September 14, 1952. Through the years, many improvements and changes to the building have been made possible because of the committment and generosity of the disciples of Faith.

“Praise and thanks be to God for His grace and His presence in all our past, present, and future endeavors.”  

Our Beliefs


At Faith Lutheran Church, we believe that we are freed by God’s unconditional love in Jesus Christ that is freely given to all of creation. You are unconditionally loved by God, so am I, and so is everyone else, and in this amazing love there is freedom! All of our other beliefs and values as a Church body comes from this understanding of God and the world God has made.   

Upcoming Events

Blue Christmas Service


Losing a loved one is tragic and heartbreaking. That loss can weigh even more heavily during the

holiday season. In light of this, we are inviting all those who are

grieving a loss of any kind to join us for a brief Blue Christmas Service on

December 15, 2019 at 12pm.

If you know someone who may be hurting, bring them with you! 

Christmas Caroling


Join us on Saturday, December 21st, at 9am as we go Christmas caroling to our homebound

members! Children are invited to come as well!

Sunday School Program


Do you wonder what some of the symbols of Christmas mean? Join us on Sunday, December 22nd at 10am and the Sunday school youth will lead us in worship and tell you all about the symbols of Christmas!




Sunday School is held on Sunday mornings at 8:45am for children 3 years old through 6th grade. Beginning after Labor Day through May.

S.T.U.F.F (Sunday Teens Under Faith Formation) meet on Sunday mornings at 8:45am for Confirmation and High School students. Beginning Labor Day through May.

Confirmation is held on Wednesdays for youth in 7th through 9th grade during the school year. 

F.L.Y. (Faith Lutheran Youth) is for our High School students.

Vacation Bible School is held annually during summer.

Faith Lutheran Church Women (FLCW)


Women of the church who meet monthly for Sharing/Caring Circle, participate in many community service projects, and sew quilts September though April. 

Mission Trips


Inter-generational mission trips are held each year. Every other year,our group travels to an area of the country that is in need. The opposite years, a mini-mission trip is held at Camp EWALU. 

Summer of 2019, Faith Works will travel to the Camp EWALU!

Fall Supper


Held every second Sunday of November. We serve ham and Kalmes' Chicken, carrots, mashed potatoes, salads and desserts. 

Synod & Outreach Information

Southeast Iowa Synod


Area Food Pantries


We collect non-perishable food items and distribute them to Elvira and Preston food pantries a few times a year.

Community Garden


The Stewardship Committee plants and tends our garden. Produce is available for the community and also taken to the home bound and The Victory Center. 

Monthly Newsletter & Weekly Announcements

See what Faith has been doing!

December 2019 Newsletter (pdf)


December 8, 2019 Readings (pdf)


December 8, 2019 Announcements (pdf)


Our Staff


Pastor Eric Hanson


Pastor Eric is called to lead the people of Faith Lutheran Church to participate the good news of Jesus Christ in everything that we do as a congregation. He is passionate about sharing God’s grace with people and working for God’s vision of peace and wholeness for all of God’s creation.

Pastor Eric was born and grew up in Rockford, Illinois. He attended Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and Religion. He then attended Wartburg Theological Seminary in Dubuque, Iowa where he received a Master of Divinity degree. He previously served as the Pastoral Intern at Grace Lutheran Church in Cambridge, Wisconsin. Pastor Eric also authored the publication The Hope of Grace: an essay exploring the new atheism, the church, and the gospel (Currents in Theology and Mission 44:2, 2017). Pastor Eric married Carina Schiltz in 2015 and the two of them live in Preston, Iowa. 

Office Secretary

Jamie Luckritz

Worship and Music Coordinator/Organist

Deana Jacobs


Julie Peters


Erin Tietjens


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Faith Lutheran Church Andover, Iowa

1364 Washington St. Andover, Iowa 52701

(563) 682-7629

Office Hours

Monday - Thursday: 9am - 1pm

Sunday: Worship at 10am