All Saints History

All Saints Lutheran Church in Port Orange, FL.

When Port Orange began to grow rapidly in the 1970s and Dunlawton Avenue became a two-lane paved road late in 1978, the Lutheran Church established a mission church in the town. Young Pastor Gerald VandeMark came with his wife Heike and two children to develop the new mission. He began house-to-house canvassing and made 4,500 initial calls, wearing out two pairs of shoes. Services began in March 1979. The new congregation, then meeting in a civic center, was chartered that December. Three acres were purchased at today’s location.

The congregation broke ground on a new church building in 1984. Later classrooms were added, and by 1994 the building reached its current size. Pastor VandeMark left for another job in 1990. Port Orange continued to expand, especially west of I-95. All Saints responded by establishing a two-location parish using rented space at the Cypress Head golf clubhouse amidst several new subdivisions. When special grant money ended, the effort ceased.

Today All Saints, like many mainline Protestant churches, is smaller (about 100 worshippers on an average weekend) than it once was but is beginning new ministries, such as online worship and expanded social services to the community. The council seeks your ideas to reinvigorate outreach and service in God‘s name.