9:30 am Sundays
Join us in our coffee nook following worship!
Christian Education For All Ages:
Sunday 11:00 am (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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Office hours: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Monday - Friday
Established in 1958
We have a long tradition of worship, fellowship, and community involvement in Farmington Hills and the communities beyond.
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 Southeast Michigan, in the United States, and in the world.
What to Expect at Antioch
• ALL are welcome as reflected in our welcoming statement: As a Christ-centered community, we strive to follow Jesus’s words “Love your neighbor as yourself” by providing a safe and welcoming space for all. We welcome you regardless of your age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, disabilities, life experiences, complexities, and questions. Our unity is in Christ.
• 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!
• Restroom information: We have a gender neutral family bathroom near the office (west hallway, and both the men’s and women’s bathrooms (east hallway) have baby changing tables for your convenience. Restrooms are also available in the lower level.
• 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.
• We celebrate 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. We like 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 choir, and choir. Our high holy services such as Christmas and Easter are enhanced by brass instruments and other special music.
• Coffee and treats are available every Sunday 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.
Early Years: 1957-1961
On June 1, 1957, Reverend James E. Henneberger came to the 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, Pastor 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 was held on November 27, 1960. In 1961, Lutheran Church of the Incarnation was organized with Reverend George Stegmier as the first pastor.
Other Important Historical Dates:
- May 1, 1962 Reverend 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 Reverend Bertil Anderson — Antioch’s third pastor installed
- March 13, 1977 Reverend Jeff A. Harry – Last pastor to serve at Incarnation
- March 30, 1980 Merger with Lutheran Church of the Incarnation
- October 1, 1980 Reverend 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 Reverend Ernie Worman installed as Antioch’s first associate pastor
- January 18, 1992 E.M. Skinner pipe organ dedicated
- July 19, 1992 Reverend 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 and Classrooms, Preschool and Nursery, Basement, Offices, North Hallway and Balcony
- November 24, 1996 Reverend Robert Rimbo installed following the one-year interim pastorate of Reverend Dale Truscott
- November 30, 1997 Reverend 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 Reverend Rodney L. Buland, Interim Pastor
- January 26, 2013 Reverend David Vinciguerra installed as Pastor (Arrived January 1, 2013 – June 21, 2015)
- July 1 – November 22, 2015 Reverends Scott McKinney and Jill McKinney, Associate in Ministry, Temporary Pastoral Team
- December 1, 2015 – May 1, 2016 Reverend Martha Butzier, Temporary Pastor
- May 29, 2016 Reverend Sean Myers, current Pastor, installed
- October 15, 2017 Celebrating becoming a Reconciling in Christ congregation (RIC). Lutherans for full participation (voted in during the June congregational meeting)