Who We Are

No Matter Who You Are or Where You Are On Life’s Journey, You Are Welcome Here!

We are a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran church in  America. In keeping with the life and teaching of Jesus Christ, we joyfully and unconditionally welcome all people of any age, gender, race, culture, ability, sexual orientation or gender  identity into our  community of faith and affirm the worth of all people as unique individuals made in God’s  image. We are open to the special gifts that each person brings and invite each to participate in the life of our church.

The links below describe who we are.

Our Beliefs – Our Lutheran beliefs
Mission and Vision – Our Mission and Vision Statements guide our activities.
Church Council – Meet the members
Staff – Meet our staff.
Church Committees and Teams – Committees are the many arms of St. Andrew’s that carry out our ministry.  Find out what each committee at St. Andrew’s does, and find one that fits your interests!


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 Luther 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.