Community Lutheran Church and Preschool - Escondido Campus

Office and Worship Location:

3575 East Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027
Church Office Phone: 760-739-1650
Church Office Fax: 760-739-8655
Church Office E-mail: 
Preschool Office Phone: 760-739-8649

Sunday Worship at 8:00 & 10:30 AM

Sunday School and Bible Study: 9:15 AM


Community Lutheran Church - San Marcos Campus

Worship Location:

San Marcos Community Center
3 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069
Office Phone: 760-739-1650
Office Email: 

Sunday Worship at 9:30 AM

Sunday School and Bible Study: 10:45 AM

Our Escondido church office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM.  You will be welcomed with a warm greeting when you call and a smile when you come visit.  To schedule an appointment with a pastor or any of our staff members, please call our office.


Staff Contact

  • Rev. Bob Hiller, Senior Pastor:
  • Rev. Matthew Knauss, Associate Pastor:
  • Rachel Bahn Director of Christian Education, Intern:
  • Deacon Dayton Dangel:
  • Catherine Richter, Administrative Assistant:
  • Lori Haskell, Preschool Director:
  • Debbie Lundberg, Secretary:
  • Katy Sensmeier, Marriage and Family Therapist, MFC #49789:

Community Lutheran Church - Escondido


3575 East Valley Parkway
Escondido, CA 92027

Entrance from Lake Wohlford Road

Senior Pastor

Pastor Bob Hiller

Sunday Services

Worship - Sundays 8:00 & 10:30 am
Bible Study/Sunday School  - Sundays 9:15 am

Sunday Sermons

Community Lutheran Church - San Marcos


340 Rancheros Drive Suite 160
San Marcos, CA 92069


Pastor Matthew Knauss

Sunday Services

Worship - Sundays 9:30 am
Bible Study - Sundays 10:45 am

Sunday Sermons




  • One Church, Two Campuses:
  • Escondido
  • San Marcos


Fall 1987 Grace Lutheran Church in Escondido decides that they will begin a church plant on the east side of Escondido.

June 1988 The LCMS purchases 10 acres of land at the corner of Lake Wohlford Rd. and Valley Center Rd.

October 16, 1988 First services of Community Lutheran Church are held at Orange Glen Elementary School led by Rev. Dr. Charles Keturakat.

April 30, 1989 There are now 153 charter members.  Charter member picnic is held.

June 1989 Worship services are moved to Grant Middle School (now called Mission Middle School).

November 19, 1989 Pastor William Vogelsang is installed as the new pastor of Community Lutheran Church.

July 1990 Worship services are moved to Hidden Valley Middle School.

November 1990 Pete Van Deloo is elected the first president of Community Lutheran Church.

March 1, 1992 Groundbreaking of new church building.

December 24, 1992 First worship service is held in the new sanctuary (now Keturakat Hall) on Christmas Eve.

January 1993 Community Lutheran Preschool opens.

Spring 1993 Sarah Grainger becomes our church Office Manager.

February 4, 1994 Library opens and is dedicated.

August 1, 1995 Sharon Boyer becomes our Preschool Director.

September 15, 2001 Dedication of new Ministries Building.

October 1, 2002 - Jim Meyer joins the staff as our Director of Christian Education.

March 1, 2003 Donna Hinke begins as our Ministries Coordinator.

February 14, 2005 Debbie Lundberg begins as our church secretary.

September 18, 2005 Dedication of new Columbarium.

February 18, 2006 Chris Ryan joins our staff to begin what is now Community Players Theatre.

June 2006  Community Lutheran Youth travel for their first overseas mission trip.

January 2007 Margaret Simonsen becomes our Parish Nurse.

August 26, 2007 A groundbreaking ceremony is held for the new sanctuary.

March 2008 Dayton Dangel begins serving as Deacon.

May 2008 The new drama ministry performs its first play, "Our Town."

July 1, 2008 Kristen Beyer begins her Director of Christian Outreach internship at Community.

January 25, 2009 Dedication of new sanctuary.

May 2009 Community Lutheran Church serves the community in the first Faith in Action Sunday.

January 2010 Kristen Beyer is commissioned and installed as Director of Christian Outreach.  Joel Beyer is installed as Vicar.

May 2011 The offices in Keturakat Hall are converted into a counseling center, and Katy Sensmeier begins her work as Marriage and Family Therapist.

July 2011 Pastor Mark Logid and Pastor Thomas Meyer are called as Assistant Pastors of Community Lutheran Church.

January 15, 2012 Community Lutheran Church becomes a multi-site church by launching a satellite campus in San Marcos.

January 26, 2014 Pastor Joel Beyer is ordained and installed at Community Lutheran Church as Associate Pastor.

May 4, 2014 Community Lutheran Church commemorates 25 years of ministry with a celebration service!

July 27, 2014 Donna Schulze begins as our Ministries Coordinator.

June 15, 2015 Jeff Johnson begins as our Director of Music.

July 5, 2015 Our San Marcos campus holds a Renovation Celebration at the new building on Rancheros Drive.

August 30, 2015 Community Lutheran Church celebrates the retirement of Pastor Vogelsang after 25 years in ministry at our church. 

September 1, 2015 Pastor Tom Meyer begins service as Interim Pastor.

November 8, 2015 Our San Marcos campus holds a New Building Dedication Service.

January 21, 2016 Pastor Gary Harms begins service as Visitation Pastor.

April 24, 2016 Pastor Bob Hiller is installed as our Senior Pastor.

June 27, 2016 Deanna Gustine begins service as Preschool Director.

July 1, 2018 Pastor Matthew Knauss is installed as our Associate Pastor.

July 12, 2021 Rachel Bahn begins service as Director of Christian Education Intern.

July 14, 2021 After 19 years as Director of Christian Education and service to CLC, Jim Meyer moves on to St. John's Lutheran Church, Orange, CA.

September 10, 2021 Lori Haskell begins service as Preschool Director.

January 15, 2022 Community Lutheran Church San Marcos campus celebrates its tenth anniversary.

July 31, 2022 Rachel Bahn is installed as our Director of Christian Education.

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