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 Keith Odney had the longest tenure, serving twenty years. Pastor 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 Council Team

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

Mike Geiermann:  President

Cherie Krueger:  Vice President

Kylie Blanchard:  Secretary

Council Members at-large:  Ron Borth, Kari Harris, Krisi Kunz, and Mark Kunze

Our Rostered and Lay Leaders

Our Church Rostered and Lay Professionals are the heart of every church, dedicating their time as a professional group of God-loving and worship supporting people. We’re so glad to have them with us!

Lisa Ahlness


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

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

Director Of Discipleship

Janie, a long time area resident, leads our church focus on youth, education, and christian growth.  As a recently ordained Deacon of the Lutheran Church Janie works closely with Lisa in sharing the Word through services, communion, and outreach to church members and those in need.

Art Wheeler


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

Sunday 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! As our lead for all worship and music, Robin organizes our seasonal schedule with the worship and music committee while also supporting Sunday service planning and music.

Joel Crane

Wednesday Worship and Music

Joel recently joined our team as the new coordinator for Wednesday services.  A talented musician, and former Collegiate choral singer, Joel joined us after recently completing his advanced degree overseas.  We are excited to have him and look forward to Joel leading us through Camp Wednesday services!