Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Lake Stevens, Washington, Records, 1910-2012

Overview of the Collection

Ebenezer Lutheran Church (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Lake Stevens, Washington, Records
1910-2012 (inclusive)
1 file
Collection Number
OPVELCA 7a5_323 (collection)
Collection contains the records of Ebenezer Lutheran Church in Lake Stevens, Washington.
Pacific Lutheran University, Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Pacific Lutheran University
12180 Park Avenue South
Tacoma, Washington
Telephone: 2535357586
Fax: 2535357315
Access Restrictions

Collection is available for research

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.Processing funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission

Historical NoteReturn to Top

The nineteen adults who signed the charter for Ebenezer were all Swedish-speaking people born in Finland (except two women born in Sweden). Most had settled in the Midwest before coming to Hartford, known as “Swede Town” for nearly forty years. The first pastor was the Rev. John Gullans. Zion Hall was the meeting place for many years, but the congregation desired to relocate on Lake Stevens. In 1949 they set a goal to become a single congregation parish. They established a building fund and sought assistance from the Board of American Missions. In July on 1953 construction began on the present site, and services were held in the partially completed building beginning on Christmas, 1953. Dedication was held October 24, 1954. Rev. Earl Anderson returned to serve Ebenezer in 1955. This was a period of growth which resulted in the construction of the education/administration wing.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This folder contains a congregational historical record, a bulletin from the dedication of the church, an informational flyer from the church, two booklets from the dedication, a copy of a newspaper article about the church, a brief history of the church, two bulletins from 2000 (90th anniversary), a copy of “Swede Town Stories of The People and Their Church”.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Property rights reside with Archives and Special Collections Department at Pacific Lutheran University. Copyright resides with the creator of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to the University Archivist. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder

Preferred Citation

From the Ebenezer Lutheran Church, Lake Stevens, Washington, Records, OPVELCA7a5_323, Archives and Special Collections, ELCA Region I Archives, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Avenue South, Tacoma, WA 98447

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Location of Collection

Box 7 File 4

Acquisition Information

Transferred to ELCA Region I Archives. .

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Nesvig, Swanson, Nordquist, Emerson New Partners. Old Roots. Tacoma (Wash.) ALC, LCA, and ELC 1986

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Lutherans--Washington (State)--History

Personal Names

  • Anderson, Ammi, 1911-1917
  • Anderson, Earl, 1951
  • Eriks, Paul, 1975-1981
  • Furgurson, Jerald, 1964-1974
  • Lundquist, Merton, 1944-1951
  • Ahnquist, Carl, 1922-1927
  • Benson, Caryl, 1939-1948
  • Benson, Lewis R.
  • Billdt, John, 1929-1938
  • Edmonds, Richard, 1981-?
  • Gullans, John, 1910-1911
  • Jones, Sidney, 1952-1954
  • Swanson, Martin Luther, 1918-1921

Corporate Names

  • Zion Hall (Lake Stevens, Wash.)
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--Northwest Washington Synod
  • Lutheran Church--Northwestern States--History

Geographical Names

  • Lake Stevens (Wash.)
  • Sweden--Emigration and immigration


  • Clergy