History of Rejoice
Rejoice Lutheran Church began through the strong faith and hard work of Pastor Ken Hovland. When Pastor Hovland came to Coppell in 1989, he introduced himself to the community by going door to door and inviting people to worship. As a result, our first worship service was held at Lee Elementary School on April 22, 1990.
Over the next two years our congregation grew and new church programs and ministries were developed. In 1992, Rejoice was formally received into the ELCA, and Pastor Hovland was officially installed by Bishop Mark Herbener. With this firm foundation and continued growth, our congregation envisioned a church building. This vision became reality on April 24, 1996, when the first worship service was held at our present site.
We continue to strengthen in faith, develop new ministries and grow our membership through the past leadership of Pastor Phil Geleske and now under Pastor Ernie Hinojosa. We warmly welcome everyone to visit our congregation for worship, education, fellowship and service.
About Our Building
Rejoice is located at 532 E. Sandy Lake Road, a main thoroughfare in Coppell, Texas. Completed in 1996 under the design and direction of Rejoice member Tom Lund, the building is constructed of natural materials.
Christ’s Triumph Signified by the Empty Cross
Christ’s victory over sin and death is signified throughout the church by the empty cross. A 25-foot cross marks the main entrance, and more than 15 empty crosses adorn the sanctuary. The cross reminds us that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God’s Spirit is active in the world.
Call to Discipleship
The backdrop to our altar is a glass window with a panoramic view to the outside, symbolizing our commitment to share God’s word and God’s love in the world. We are sent to be an evangelizing church. The heart of discipleship is living in and for Christ in our church and our community.
What We Believe
We believe in the Triune God. God created and loves all of creation — the earth and the seas and all of the world’s inhabitants. We believe that God’s Son, Jesus Christ, transforms lives through his death on the cross and his new life, and we trust that God’s Spirit is active in the world.
We are part of God’s unfolding plan. When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere. When we study the Bible or hear God’s word in worship, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own story.
The convictions shared by Christians from many different traditions are expressed in statements of belief called creeds.
These ecumenical creeds that Lutherans affirm and use in worship confess the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.
The Confession of Faith of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is part of our founding constitution. The ELCA accepts the following creeds as true declarations of the faith of this church:
The Apostles’ Creed
The Nicene Creed
The Athanasian Creed