Who We Are.

Lutheran Church of the Cross (LCC) was started as a home mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in 1955. Trinity Lutheran Church of Bismarck acted as the sponsoring congregation. The first services were held in the current building on the 11th of March, 1956. 

LCC has had eight pastors and two interim pastors. Rev. Harold Hofstad was called by the ELC Home Mission Department in 1955. Pastor Doug Thorkelson served the shortest period of time, as he passed away eleven months into his pastorate. Pastor Keight Odney had the longest tenure, serving twenty years. Pastor Donna Dohrmann retired in May of 2016. Lisa Ahlness currently serves the LCC congregation. 

We have been blessed with hardworking, dedicated members who captured the vision from the beginning, and who continue to “walk with the Lord” through their faith journey. 

Our Staff

Our Church Council consists of seven very dedicated people who are always striving to live their faith through the church.

They are Krisi Kunz, President, Heather Martin, Vice President, Jon Hanson, Secretary, Kylie Blanchard, Mark Kunze, Ron Borth, and Scott Sommers.

Lisa Ahlness

Lisa Ahlness

Pastor

Pastor Lisa has been with LCC for over three years.  We are so lucky to have her! As the Senior pastor for our church, she leads in communing with God, learning the Word, attending to the needs of members, and providing growing, loving church family.  

Connie Werner

Connie Werner

Church Secretary

Where would any church be without the church secretary! Connie is the center of church communications.  If you have a question, give the office a call and see what’s going on! 

Janie Hague

Janie Hague

Director Of Discipleship

Janie, a long time area resident, leads our church focus on youth, education, and christian growth. 

Art Wheeler

Art Wheeler

Treasurer

Long time Treasurer Art is a native North Dakotan who originally moved to Bismarck in 1980 with wife Florence. As the LCC treasurer, Art keeps our committees and council on track and informed on church budgets, giving, and expenses.  

Robin Johnson

Robin Johnson

Worship and Music

Robin has been a member of LCC since 2003 and Worship and Music coordinator since 2014.  Robin has been playing music since she was eight and loves sharing her god-given gift to carry on energetic, inspiration-filled worship!