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Grace Lutheran Church records

Identifier: LH-0019

Scope and Content

Worship programs, church bulletins, directories, annual reports, community programs, blueprints for the church's facility, and photographic materials.


  • 1978-2015


Restrictions on Access

Open to all users; no restrictions

User Restrictions

As stipulated by U.S. copyright laws

Administrative History

Grace Lutheran Church was officially formed in 1979 due to the efforts of Elaine Holmes who contacted the Southeast Synod office of the Lutheran Church of America in late 1977 and inquired about starting a Lutheran church in Carrollton. A year later the LCA formally approved a mission church for Carrollton and soon after appointed Pastor Gregg Kaufman as the mission development pastor.

After six months of going throughout Carrollton in search for families who wanted to join the church, Kaufman found approximately twenty families who agreed to meet at St. Margaret's Episcopal Church in November 1978 for a pot-luck dinner and to become acquainted. Pastor Kaufman continued to arrange similar meetings at other local churches during the following weeks while other sites were considered as a permanent area to hold worship services. In 1979, it was decided that services would be held at Oak Mountain Academy and the first worship service there was set for May 1979. Grace Lutheran Church continued to meet at Oak Mountain Academy for seventeen months before moving their service to a storefront at the corner of Stewart and Brown Streets in 1981.

During the church's time at Oak Mountain Academy and Stewart Street, the Southeast Synod office of the LCA bought a tract of land for a permanent church to be built near Highway 166 and the Carrollton Bypass. Although it held multiple outside services at this location, it was not until 1982 that Grace completed all the requirements of a new church and the Synod gave its blessing for a building to be built there. Establishing a building committee that year, the church finally began to be built in June 1983 and the first service was held there in January 1984. All church services since then have been held at this location and Grace Lutheran Church continues to operate today.


3.9 Linear feet (9 boxes and 1 map folder)




Grace Lutheran Church was formed in 1979, originally meeting in the Oak Mountain Academy gymnasium. The church moved to a storefront near Brown and Stewart streets in 1981. Groundbreaking for its own facility off of Bankhead Highway was held in 1983 and dedication services were held in 1984. Materials document the church's history, programs and services.


Arranged alphabetically by file title.


Materials donated by Dr. John Ferling in May 2000. Additional materials were given by Elaine Holmes in June 2000. Annual additions are made by Dr. Ferling.

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Processed by Suzanne Durham in 2009 and Candice Larson in 2014.
Guide to the Grace Lutheran Church records LH-0019
Finding aid prepared by Written by Suzanne Durham in 2009 and Candice Larson in 2014.
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Finding aid converted with funds from a UWG FY14 Presidential Assistance Grant.

Revision Statements

  • 2016: Additions added

Repository Details

Part of the University of West Georgia Special Collections Repository

Special Collections, Ingram Library
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton GA 30118-2000 United States