Who We Are

Our Mission

Our mission, to be and make disciples, comes from Jesus' words in Matthew 28:19, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."

Christ the King values powerful worship, centered in the Word and Sacraments. The people focus on using their gifts to serve each other and the world through community outreach and global mission. All who desire to grow in Christ and share His love are welcome to join our mission!

Our Core Values

Christ Centered Teaching/Preaching

The Bible is our source and reference for how we are to live in relationships with the Lord and each other.

Authentic/Relevant/Connecting Worship

Worship opportunities will draw us closer to God and each other.

Servant Leadership

We lead and serve with Love and Grace as Christ taught us.

Community of Christ Followers

In celebration of His Grace, we Love, Encourage and Support each other in Life, Growth, Worship and Service.

Involvement in Service and Outreach

We encourage all members to look for and engage in opportunities of ministry that utilize their abilities, time and resources; within the church and in outreach to the community.

Our History

Christ the King began in 1983 when a group of people from Fallbrook desired to begin a new Lutheran congregation affiliated with the American Lutheran Church. The original members met in local schools for worship until a church building was erected at 1620 S Stage Coach Lane in 1987. Pastor Don Bankson was the founding pastor and served until 1989. 

Pastor John Spann came as an interim pastor in 1989 and in 1990 Pastor Phil Tukua was called. Pastor Magnus Egge came as a volunteer pastor to help Pastor Phil in this growing congregation in the early 90's. During the next 20 years Christ the King grew, adding more staff and ministry positions. Pastor Mark Johnson was called in 1996 as the new associate pastor. Then in 2011, Pastor Phil and Pastor Egge both retired from ministry, and Pastor Mark took the reins as the new senior pastor. In July 2012, Pastor Kenneth Davis was called as the new associate pastor. Pastor Davis moved to a new church in 2016. And in December 2017, Pastor Steve Gilbertson became the new interim associate pastor until he passed away unexpectedly in September of 2020.

Our Beliefs

We believe, teach, and confess the Triune God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe, teach, and confess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe in Him.

Jesus Christ is the Word of God incarnate, through who everything was made and through whose life, death, and resurrection God fashions a new creation. The proclamation of God's message to us as both law and gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy in the person and work of Jesus Christ through whom God was pleased to reconcile all things to himself.

The canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the Word of God. Inspired by God's Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God's revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them God's Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.

We believe, teach, and accept the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the sole authoritative source and norm of our proclamation, faith, and life.

We accept the Apostle's, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the scriptural faith we believe, teach, and confess.

We believe, teach, and confess the gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the priesthood of all believers for God's mission in the world.