Our Church History
Our Lutheran presence in Dothan began as a mission congregation of the American Lutheran Church (ALC) and was called the Dothan Lutheran Ministry. The first service was held on August 1, 1982, in a building rented from the Dothan Federation of Garden Clubs. In September of that year, the membership voted to name the congregation Triumphant Cross Lutheran Church (TCLC), and the congregation was incorporated under the laws of the State of Alabama with 55 charter members in March, 1983.
Although the ALC had purchased land for the new church building, the congregation had to raise the funds to build the facility. TCLC continued to meet in many temporary buildings for several years while conducting a building fund campaign. In 1988, the American Lutheran Church merged with two other Lutheran bodies and became the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Several congregations in the new organization supported TCLC with financial gifts, and construction of the present building began in 1990. On July 14, 1991, TCLC joyfully held its first worship service in our current facility.
TCLC members generally have grown up in other parts of the country, moving to the Dothan area because of Ft. Rucker, various employments, or the warm climate! Since we hail from different locales, we understand the importance of hospitality as new people come to us. We are a community of God's people committed to mutual care and concern for each other and our neighbors.
The TCLC membership has carried on its mission of worship and service in Dothan for more than 35 years! We strive to support the community and look forward to many more opportunities as we continue our mission. Regardless of your background, you will find a warm welcome, a hot cup of coffee, and an open invitation to make us your church family! We are and always will be a welcoming, loving Christian community for ALL of God's children.