About Us

ABOUT US

Our Beliefs

Christus Victor is a member of the Delaware-Maryland Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). You can learn more about our Lutheran Church and what we believe by visiting What Lutherans Believe.

Our Mission Statement

To unite in Christ

To grow in faith

To serve in love

To share the Good News

A Brief History of Christus Victor

In May of 1957 the Rev. Paul T. Manrodt began his work as a mission developer in the Carney area and by September 8th of that year the first worship service of the “Cub Hill Lutheran Mission” was held in the basement of the Carney Building and Loan at Harford and Joppa Roads. By April of the following year the mission was successful and on April 27th, 1958 the church was officially formed on Organization Sunday with 88 charter members attending. By June of that same year Christus Victor called on Rev. Manrodt to be its first pastor. On June 11th, 1958 the congregation purchased the Parsonage on Flagstone Drive in Cub Hill and in July the first service was held in the “House Chapel” on the farmhouse property purchased by the congregation at 9833 Harford Rd.

Christus Victors History
Carney Building and Loan, 1958
Christus Victors History
Basement Service - Carney Building and Loan, 1958
Christus Victors History
House Chapel Service, July 1958
Christus Victors History
Christus Victor's first sign

 

In May of 1959 the first building fund program was started and by 1962 the funds had been raised to build the first church building and the groundbreaking service was conducted on May 6th. Finally the new church was complete and the first service was held on October 28th, 1962. In April of 1967 Pastor Lawrence S. Cameron began his pastorate at Christus Victor and stayed with the congregation 12 years until the arrival of pastor Rev. Ronald E. Reeves on February 3rd, 1980. In January of 1984 Pastor Kenneth H. Homer began his pastorate at Christus Victor and later that same year in September the new Fellowship Hall building was complete and dedicated. Christus Victor was expanding. On October 12th, 1986 the new Wicks pipe organ was dedicated and still remains in use today.

Christus Victors History
Pastor Manrodt, groundbreaking ceremony for the original church
Christus Victors History
The original church under construction - 1962
Christus Victors History
The original church completed - 1962
Christus Victors History
Pastor Lawrence Cameron in our original worship space

 

The congregation continued to grow in the late 80’s and early 90’s and it became obvious that Christus Victor was outgrowing its existing worship space. So, after a successful building fund program and some generous bequests willed to the congregation, groundbreaking for the present church building was celebrated on March 20th of 1984, quickly followed by the laying of the cornerstone on September 19th. The first worship service in the present church was held on November 13, 1994; followed by the dedication of the new church on April 23rd, 1995 and was presided over by Bishop George Mocko and attended by all past pastors of Christus Victor.

Christus Victors History
The new church under construction - 1995
Christus Victors History
The new church (red roof and all) near completion - 1995
Christus Victors History
Dedication of the new church - April 23rd, 1995

 

In 1999 the new building for Victor’s Vittles (our neighborhood food pantry) was complete and it was officially opened to the public on June 6th of that year.

 

 

Christus Victor's Pastors

Rev. Paul Manrodt

Rev. Paul Manrodt
5/1/57 - 9/26/66

 

Rev. Lawrence Cameron

Rev. Lawrence Cameron
1/8/67 - 12/31/78

 

Rev. Ronald Reeves

Rev. Ronald Reeves
12/1/79 - 4/83

 

Rev. Kenneth Homer

Rev. Kenneth Homer
12/11/83 - 1/25/99

Rev. Joseph Skillman, Jr.

Rev. Joseph Skillman, Jr.

131/2000 - 7/31/2014

Rev. Christopher Litton

Rev. Christopher Litton
12/7/2015 - Present

Our Worship Space

Our facilities are divided into three main areas, the original building completed in 1962, which now houses our offices and Sunday School wing; the Fellowship Hall which was completed in 1984; and our current worship building (church) which was completed in 1995. Our current worship building also contains our church parlor and nursery.

 

Our Worship Space
A view of the Christus Victor's Sanctuary
Our Worship Space
A view of the Christus Victor's Sanctuary
Our Worship Space
Christus Victor's stained glass wall
Our Worship Space
Our magnificent entrance garden in the Spring
Our Worship Space
The Christ painting located in our Narthex

Our Staff

Rev. Christopher Litton

Reverend Christopher Litton is Christus Victor's current Pastor. He was born in Hagerstown, Maryland. He was a member of the Army National Guard in Maryland in Hagerstown. In 1985, he joined the United States Navy and served until his honorable discharge in 1993. He graduated from the Community College of Rhode Island and worked as a paralegal with the Rhode Island Department of Attorney General. During his time at the Attorney General’s office, he was active in his home congregation.

 

Pastor Litton entered the Lutheran Theological Seminary in the fall of 2007, graduated from Penn State University in 2008 while attending seminary. He graduated in 2011 with his M.Div. and served as the pastor at Israel’s Creek Lutheran Parish and then served as the interim pastor at Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church in Manchester, Maryland.

 

Pastor Litton’s wife, Rev. Robin Simpson Litton, is also a Lutheran pastor in Eldersburg, Maryland. They have two sons; one of which is a pastor, Rev. Jacob Simpson, at Salem Lutheran Church in South Baltimore and Justin Simpson is a Firefighter/E.M.T. in Queen Anne’s County. They have one grandchild with their son, Jake, and his wife Sandra. Justin is due to be married next year. He and his fiancée, Erica, have two children.


Taylor Armstrong
Taylor Armstrong serves as Director of Music and Organist at Christus Victor Lutheran Church. He has been active as an organist, pianist, and tenor vocalist in the Baltimore area since 1997. Prior to his work at Christus Victor, he was Director of Music and Organist for over 12 years at The Lutheran Church of the Holy Comforter in Govans and at All Saints Lutheran Church in Bowie, MD. Taylor has been heard as a soloist with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Concert Artists of Baltimore, Baltimore’s Bach Concert Series, the Da Camera Singers, the Peabody Orchestra and Choir, Annapolis Opera, the Handel Choir and Baltimore Chamber Symphony, and the Susquehanna Valley Orchestra. He has performed as an apprentice artist for the Santa Fe Opera, and he was a fellowship recipient in vocal chamber music from the Aspen Music Festival. Taylor also works as a pianist and choral conductor for the United States Air Force Band in Washington, DC. He has served for several years as a board member of the Baltimore Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and he currently chairs the chapter’s Young Organist Scholarship Program.