Welcome to Central.

Our Mission Statement:
Build Community.  Do Justice.  Make Peace.

We are followers of Jesus Christ. We gather to worship God, seek justice, work for peace and celebrate God’s presence in the splendor of Creation

We live and teach an enduring faith, preparing disciples of Christ to serve God's purposes in the world. We serve so all people can live with hope, dignity and joy.


Reconciling in Christ

In response to the call in Romans 15:7 to “welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God,” we, the members of Central, join hands with all people, grateful for the unique gifts that each of us has to offer. We honor race, age, gender identity and expression, marital status, physical and mental ability, sexual orientation, national origin, and economic status. We celebrate together both the diversity of God’s family and our unity as God’s people.



We are members of the Oregon Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. We are a Lutheran Christian church with liturgical roots grounded in our Scripture.  We baptize, serve communion, preach, and work alongside one another and our community.  We welcome all people to walk with us in faith.

Historic Central Lutheran Church

Our community gathers and worships in a historic church building designed by Pietro Belluschi. Used by the congregation, as well as over 40 annual building users per year, our facility is quickly becoming the home of a wider community of gathered people. If you are looking for a place to gather, learn more here.


We include kids in worship whenever possible. The pastor gives a kids’ message every week. At the end of every service, we invite kids to play percussion instruments (shakers, small drums) while we sing a lively closing song. Kids eagerly look forward to this! It’s a great way to close the service and move to coffee hour.

Come to God's Table

Communion is open to everyone, including young children. Children may take communion as soon as their parents feel they are ready. You get a bit of bread to dip in a cup of wine or grape juice. We do offer a gluten free and celiac safe options. Anyone may receive a blessing instead of taking communion as they wish.

Rev. Dr. Amanda Zentz-Alo


Originally from the East Coast where she received a BA at Susquehanna University, Pr. Amanda moved west to attend Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary where she graduated with her MDiv in 2004. Called previously to Medford, OR and Mount Vernon, WA, Pr. Amanda has been serving alongside the members of Central since August, 2013. You can find her on Facebook and hear sermons on her Blog - Word Balancing. Pr. Amanda successfully defended her dissertation and has been awarded her degree of Doctorate of Ministry through Portland Seminary under the mentorship of Dr. Leonard Sweet. Her work on this can be seen at Jesus, Take My Wheels.

Linda J. Bergman


Moving to the NW in 1997 from the Midwest, Linda has been at CLC since 1998.  She has degrees in Education and Music. She has taught all levels of music in public education, recently retired from teaching in Vancouver, Washington.  Linda has always been involved in church music through directing English Handbells, Children's music or playing the flute. "I love feeling inspired by the congregational singing while playing my flute.  I feel that the partnership of the musicians and the congregation together, enhance the spiritual experience for everyone. "

Sarah Holcomb

Office Administrator & Building Use Coordinator

Sarah is glad to be back in Oregon after 20+ years away. Originally from Aloha, Sarah moved to North Carolina where she attended university and followed this with a move to British Columbia. She has a wide range of work and life experience and enjoys tasks with details that require precision as well as having the opportunity to offer welcome.

For church-related correspondence: office@centralportland.org

For building use/reservation correspondence: bldguse@centralportland.org

Klaus Ferguson



Klaus has been serving the people of Central for several years and enjoys doing so.  Before he got to Central, Klaus taught elementary, middle and high school band for over ten years.  He continues to teach drums and music privately, and plays in several bands in the Portland area.  When not working, he enjoys the outdoors, live music and volunteering.


From Pastor Amanda
and the Central Lutheran congregation

Grace and Peace to you!

Thank you for coming and checking out our online world here at Central Lutheran. We are a progressive, inclusive, Christian community that lives out our faith in a grace-based manner. What does this mean? Well - we're an active group of people doing lots of things in our community because we believe it's what we get to do because of God's love for us and our world.

Looking for a place to explore your passion for social justice and care for our world's creation? We have a group for you. Seeking an informal choir to blend your voice with? We would love to welcome you. Desire to delve into heady theological questions of where your belief intersects your daily life? We're ready for the questions and eager to walk alongside you. Craving a place of peace and prayer in the hectic schedule of life? Come and see.

Whether you have grown up with a faith or have had no religious background at all - you are welcome here. Please join us on Sunday mornings at 10:15 for our worship service; contact us with your questions by phone (503-284-2331) or email me at pastor@centralportland.org; find a committee meeting to check out . . . the doors are open and we look forward to welcoming you among us.

Carry on in joy,
Pr. Amanda Zentz-Alo