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No Matter Who You Are or Where You Are On Life’s Journey, You Are Welcome Here!
Connect to an ELCA Church Near You. You were created to be in community. St. Andrew's seeks to be a place where you can be known and loved for all of your uniqueness. We invite you to visit and experience the St. Andrew's community and the unconditional love of God in Jesus given in the fullness of grace - free and abundant. We hope you find a place of belonging and understanding for people of all backgrounds and a place of opportunity to learn about and serve your neighbor.
Who We Are
The idea of St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church began as early as 1948 when members of Bethesda Lutheran Church discussed the idea of a mission congregation for West Ames. Bethesda had grown to over 1600 members, and more than 700 Lutheran students were making Bethesda their church home while they studied at Iowa State College. In 1950, Bethesda members voted to have representatives of the Evangelical Lutheran Church survey West Ames. The survey results indicated that a new congregation was feasible.
St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church was founded in 1951 and the current building was dedicated on October 24, 1954 (present fellowship hall). The current sanctuary was dedicated on November 17, 1963. Dedication of the education wing and offices occurred on May 4, 1980. The parking lot was paved in 1990 and the memorial garden was dedicated in 1994.