Colton Lutheran Church, Colton, Oregon, Records, 1907-2012

Overview of the Collection

Colton Lutheran Church (Colton, Or.)
Colton Lutheran Church, Colton, Oregon, Records
1907-2012 (inclusive)
1 file
Collection Number
OPVELCA7a4_165 (collection)
Collection contains the records of Colton Lutheran Church in Colton, Oregon.
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

A young pastor serving a congregation in Portland is credited with beginning Colton Lutheran Church. Pastor Renhard organized the Swedish Colonization Company in 1906 and the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Carlsborg congregation in 1907. A new church was constructed and on Sunday, June 21, Pastor Renhard organized the Sunday School, celebrated the first services of Holy Communion, and received several new members. In 1937, by a vote of the congregation, English became the official language of the church, but it was not until 1945 that the name of the congregation was changed to Colton Lutheran. In the early 1950s, stained glass art windows were installed throughout the nave, a tile floor was laid in the church parlors, and more facilities for the Sunday School were provided. In 1967 Colton Lutheran Church transferred Camp Colton, a conference ground they had built up and maintained for many years, to the Pacific Northwest Synod of the LCA.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This folder includes a booklet from the Lutheran bible Institute, a booklet from their 50th anniversary, a congregational historical record, a booklet from their 70th anniversary, a copy of a newspaper article about their 80th anniversary, a historian’s report for Colton Lutheran Church, a report from the congregational meeting in 1974, copies of other articles about the church, information pamphlets on the church, a 1997 newspaper article, a booklet for the 90th anniversary, program for special communion service for the 90th anniversary, another booklet for 90th anniversary, a historical note, Steeple Talk April, February and January 1997, first page of March and June 1997, service packets for February, January 1997 and September, January 1996, newspaper clippings for a new pastor, church constitution.

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 Colton Lutheran Church, Colton, Oregon, Records, OPVELCA7a4_165, 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 3 File 5

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--Oregon--History

Personal Names

  • Hansen, Carl J.
  • Lynch, Jerry, 1974-
  • Cornay, Luther, 1951-1953
  • Hill, S. M., 1915-1922
  • Miller, Donald, 1958-1961
  • Nordling, J. E., 1908-1911
  • Renhard, C. J., 1911-1915
  • Sakrison, E. J., 1928-1951
  • Sandeen, Enoch, 1923-1926
  • Wall, Earl H., 1953-1958
  • Wilson, Oliver, 1962-1973

Corporate Names

  • Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Carlsborg Congregation (Colton, Or.)
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--History
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church--Oregon Synod
  • Lutheran Church in America
  • Lutheran Church in America. Pacific Northwest Synod
  • Swedish Colonization Company (Colton, Or.)

Geographical Names

  • Colton (Or.)


  • Clergy