Grace Lutheran Church

Our Mission

Grace Lutheran Church, a church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has been at the heart of the faith community in Lincoln since 1889. We are deeply committed to our mission: Making Christ known to all through Grace.

We believe that by God's grace we have been gathered to worship, called to witness, and sent to serve, and we hope that you will consider joining us.

What We Believe

Grace Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the nation's largest and most "mainline" Lutheran body, and part of the Nebraska Synod. Read more about what we believe at the ELCA website.

Leadership and Staff

Welcome Statement

Welcome to Grace Lutheran. This is Christ's Church. There is a place for you here. We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. This faith comes through the good news of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom and the courage to wonder, discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.

Staff Biographies

Pastor Eric Lesher,
Senior Pastor

Rev. Eric K. Lesher is a native of Iowa. He is a 1979 graduate of Valley High School in West Des Moines, Iowa, a 1983 graduate of Augustana College in Rock Island, Illinois, and a 1987 graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. He is married to Julene, and they have two sons named Steven and Joshua. Pastor Eric has served congregations in Iowa, Illinois, and Nebraska. He has a passion for helping congregations grow in their mission of making disciples through worship, study, and service. As a Senior Pastor he excels at preaching, teaching, and administration.

His major foci as a Senior Pastor include:

  • Casting the vision
  • Proclaiming the Gospel
  • Nurturing the staff
  • Maintaining order in ministry

His hobbies include running, walking, watching sports, and spending time with his family.

Sara Schott,
Director of Parish Music

Sara Schott has been Grace's Director of Music since 2002, and served as Assistant Organist at Grace from 1997 to 2002. She holds a Bachelor's of Music degree (Organ Performance) from the Glenn Korff School of Music at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln, where her teachers were George Ritchie and Quentin Faulkner. She also holds a Bachelor's of Journalism degree from UNL. A South Dakota farm-girl and lifelong Lutheran, Sara has a passion for the hymnody and liturgy of the Lutheran church. She loves leading congregational song from the organ bench, as well as directing vocal and handbell choirs and teaching people of all ages about the rich heritage of Lutheran worship and music.

Tyler Johnson,
Director of Faith Formation

Tyler began at Grace on April 20th and will continue to work closely with Pastor Lesher, the Parish Education Committee and the Council to renew and expand ministry within our parish and our community. Originally from Minnesota, Tyler moved to Nebraska to attend Midland University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in youth and family ministry in May 2016. She met her husband during her time at Midland,and they were married in May of 2015. Tyler has had experience working at Camp Carol Joy Holling, Open Door Mission’s Lydia House in Omaha, and as an Intern at Salem Lutheran Church in Fremont, NE. Tyler has a passion for inter-generational ministries, serving the community, and helping others find their God given gifts.