Worship

Service:

9:30 a.m. Sunday

Christian Education For All Ages:

Sunday 10:45 a.m. (during the school year, September-May)

Location and Map

Antioch is located in Farmington Hills, Michigan, on the northeast corner of Farmington and Thirteen Mile roads.

Email us at antiochelca@sbcglobal.net

Phone: 248-626-7906

Fax: 248-626-7619

Office hours: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday - Friday

Established in 1958

We have a long tradition of fellowship, worship, and community involvement in Farmington Hills and the communities of Oakland County.

Visit Our Partnership Links

Antioch Lutheran Church is a partner in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America and the Southeast Michigan Synod. Together we reach out into the world with the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ. See the links below to learn more about our mission in the world, in the United States, and in Southeast Michigan.

What to Expect at Antioch!

• Come as you are! Many of us wear jeans/khakis and tee shirts, but some like to dress in suits/ties, dresses and skirts. Wear whatever you are most comfortable wearing!
• All are welcome of any: age, gender, race, nationality, ability, orientation, or tradition.
• We are wheelchair accessible. The covered front entrance is available for dropping off those who cannot walk from the parking lots. Our sanctuary has open places to place a wheelchair so you won’t have to sit in the aisle. If you are unable to go up for communion, ask an usher and the minister will come to you.
• We have listening devices available for your use, along with large print bulletins. Please ask an usher for help.
• Holy Communion at the Lord’s Table every Sunday – all are welcome to commune with us. Gluten free wafers are available, just ask the minister at the communion rail.
• Our worship style tends to be traditional Lutheran in liturgy and music, but we occasionally mix it up with some contemporary elements. Our Director of Music likes to change our liturgical setting, so we are not held to one favorite throughout the year, this results in many favorites!
• Our worship experience is enhanced with wonderful music on our amazing E. M. Skinner pipe organ, our grand piano, bell choirs, adult and children’s choirs. Our high holy services such as Christmas and Easter are enhanced by brass instruments and other special music.
• Coffee and treats at our Coffee Nook area following worship. We all like to visit by “hanging out” at the high top tables to enjoy conversation with old and new friends. Please join us!!
• Christian Education for all following coffee time. We have combined ages in informal settings. Children do not sit down throughout an hour of class.
• Nursery on call – our nursery help will be happy to be summoned by an usher if you need your child to play in our nursery room, however, we encourage all children to attend worship. We have worship bags that children age 2 to 6th grade can take into worship to help occupy them as they participate in learning how to worship.

Antioch’s History

Early Years: 1957-1961
On June 1, 1957 Rev. James E. Henneberger came to area as a mission developer. On October 6, 1957 a temporary council met and selected the name Antioch. The first service for the congregation was held the same day at Dunckel School. Property was purchased in the current location in November of the same year. On March 16, 1958, 78 charter members were received and on May 11, Pr. Henneberger was installed as the first pastor. On May 8, 1960, a Ground Breaking Service was celebrated and on September 18, 1960, the cornerstone for the first unit was placed. The dedication and first worship service in the new building were held on November 27, 1960. In 1961 Lutheran Church of the Incarnation is organized with Rev. George Stegmier as the first pastor.

Other Important Historical Dates:

  • May 1, 1962 Rev. Carl F. Kaltreider — Antioch’s second pastor installed
  • May 2, 1965 Ground-breaking for Lutheran Church of the Incarnation, W. 10 Mile Rd.
  • April 13, 1969 Ground-breaking for Antioch’s new Sanctuary
  • December 14, 1969 Dedication of addition: New Sanctuary, Narthex, Choir space
  • December 13, 1973 Rev. Bertil Anderson — Antioch’s third pastor installed
  • March 13, 1977 Rev. Jeff A. Harry – Last pastor to serve at Incarnation
  • March 30, 1980 Merger with Lutheran Church of the Incarnation
  • October 1, 1980 Rev. Gary D. Johnson – Antioch’s fourth pastor installed
  • 1983 More classrooms added to former courtyard area, 25th Anniversary
  • 1988 Antioch joins the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • February 5, 1989 Rev. Ernie Worman installed as Antioch’s first associate pastor
  • January 18, 1992 E.M. Skinner pipe organ dedicated
  • July 19, 1992 Rev. Peggy Rose installed as associate pastor
  • April 25, 1993 Ground-breaking for expanded church and added preschool
  • January 23, 1994 Dedication of addition: New East Hall & Classrooms, Preschool & Nursery, Basement, Offices, North Hallway and Balcony
  • November 24, 1996 Rev. Robert Rimbo installed following the one-year interim pastorate of Rev. Dale Truscott
  • November 30, 1997 Rev. Donald P. Kreiss installed as Antioch’s associate pastor
  • May 2, 1998 Pastor Rimbo elected bishop of the Southeast Michigan Synod. (Installed June 28, 1998)
  • 1998 40th Anniversary Celebration Booklet made “40 Years in Service to Christ”
  • March 27, 1999 Pastor Donald P. Kreiss installed as senior pastor; 1999 Antioch’s first intern-Kurt Fangmeier,
  • 2000 second intern-Karen Schraml
  • 2001 Antioch Lutheran Preschool Opens – Sharon Detter, Director; 2001 third intern-Brian Hooper,
  • 2002 fourth intern-Cindy Messler, 2003 fifth intern-Gabi Aelabouni
  • 2003-2008 Let there Be Light Campaign Refurbishing the Sanctuary by the 50th Anniversary; 2004 sixth intern Anthony Bateza, 2005 seventh intern-Amy Kienzle, 2007 eighth intern-Nan Dehnke, 2008 ninth intern-R. Adam Berndt
  • November 2, 2008 50th Anniversary Celebration and Dedication of the Sanctuary; celebration dinner
  • 2010 tenth intern-Christina C. Veres
  • May 14, 2011 Pastor Donald P. Kreiss elected bishop of the southeast Michigan Synod (Installed September 24, 2011)
  • August 14, 2011 Rev. Rodney L. Buland, Interim Pastor
  • January 26, 2013 Rev. David Vinciguerra installed as Pastor (Arrived January 1, 2013 - June 21, 2015)
  • July 1 - November 22, 2015 Rev. Scott McKinney and Jill McKinney, Associate in Ministry, Temporary Pastoral Team
  • December 1, 2015 - May 1, 2016 Rev. Martha Butzier, Temporary Pastor
  • May 2, 2016 Rev. Sean Myers, Pastor: Installation date May 29, 2:00 p.m.
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