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 & 6:00 PM

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 and 6:00 pm
Bible Study - Sundays 10:45 am

Sunday Sermons




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

Community Blog

What Made Oklahoma A Great Show

Posted by Chris Ryan on

Oklahoma Cast Photo - April 2013Community Players Theatre experienced another amazing show with Oklahoma!  It is difficult to describe the process from beginning to end, but the adventure is similar to that of throwing a 1000 piece puzzle into a box, and shaking it, and opening the box to find it all put together; well kind of.  We start with so many different moving parts and so many different angles to make out plays great. Someone is building, while someone is dancing and another is singing, but someone else is painting, while others are learning blocking and stage movement and someone else is putting costumes together or hanging a curtain.  And then something miraculous happens:  we begin to put ever piece together, and like that 1000 piece puzzle, each single piece fits into its exact location making the entire puzzle look right.  As the director, it is my job to make sure those pieces fit together, but it is truly the talents of the dancers, singers, painters that makes the puzzle looks and feel as amazing at this show turned out.

But something else happens that not everyone knows.  Unlike the cold puzzle all pushed together, a cast of a play grows with the pieces next to it.  The longer the pieces are together, the better they fit, and the more they grow together to make the picture complete.  You cannot understand how close we grow as friends and as family during the play, how the cast members become important in each other’s lives as we spend hour after hour making out play a beautiful picture.  And when the show dates finally arrive, the joy we all feel is expressed on stage.  And in the same, the day after a show finishes feels a bit lonely, but fulfilling to know what we had done together.

As a theater group, we are so blessed with so many gifts. I have been doing community theater for a long time, and the voices we have are incredible.  At times, I would sit back, stop directing and watch a rehearsal just to listen to the voices and songs that God has provided for theater group.  To watch the joy on the faces of the cast as they got to sing their sections or solos is something to see. And the songs penetrated our minds.  Like many of the cast members, I would wake from a dream, remembering what happened and also remember hearing the song “Oh What a Beautiful Morning” in the background.  The acting made us believe in the show, but the songs bonded us together like glue.  Those songs echoed in our hearts, and what a privilege it was to be able share those with an audience.

It was along and amazing journey.  I can say some of my highlights were seeing Sabine work on the details of each song, watching Chelsea teach the graceful moves of each song, the beautiful program Lisa created, watching Marsha notice and fix every small detail of the show, seeing Katie, Paul and Ben work the lights and sounds into each segment of our show, noticing the details put into each costume by Alyssa and Katie, and most notably, the joy each person had as they walked out on stage and performed their part in the play.  So often, people thank me for the effort I put into a show, but the truth is, with the wonderful people I work with, I think I get way more out of than they will ever know.  The time we spent together is moments I will never forget.  I enjoyed being one of those colorful pieces in the puzzle that made the beautiful scene known as Oklahoma!

Thank you all for supporting my ministry here at Community.


Note:  Oklahoma was our largest audience in Community Players Theatre history, selling out 4 of 6 shows with a total of 836 seats filled!  Visit our drama photo gallery for pictures of Oklahoma and other past productions.

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