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.

1/31/2000 - 7/31/2014

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

Pastor Joe

Rev. Joseph E. Skillman, Jr. recently retired as Christus Victor's Pastor. A Philadelphia boy, born and bred, Pastor Joe attended Gettysburg College where he majored in Sociology/Anthropology and Religion. In 1973 he graduated and married his wife Barbara and also began his first year at Gettysburg Seminary that same year. Ordained into the Lutheran Church in America in 1977, his very first congregation was St. John’s Lutheran Church in West Seneca, NY. He then went on to become the pastor of St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church in Dundalk, MD and after 19 years at St. Timothy’s he was called to become our current pastor at Christus Victor, where he has served since January of 2000. He also serves on a number of community and service boards ranging from the Hopkins/Bayview Geriatrics Advisory Council, to the Community Assistance Network, to the Baltimore Arts and Music Project.

 

Pastor Joe currently resides in the Perry Hall area with his wife Barb. They are the parents of two boys, Josh and Chris, both grown and out of the house.

Pastor Joe

 

Pastor Joe and kids just seem to go together

 

Joe Birdwell Joe Birdwell is Christus Victor's Musical Director and Organist and is responsible for all aspects of the musical program at Christus Victor, both instrumental and choral. A transplanted Texan, Joe is currently a Doctor of Chiropractic Medicine but is also an accomplished organist and vocalist. Because of his love for the Lord, he actively shares his musical talent with the congregation at Christus Victor.

Joe Birdwell

 

Joe doing what Joe does best

 

Janet Davis Janet Davis is Christus Victor's Church Secretary and has been on staff since 1988. She grew up in Essex, Md and has lived in the area her entire life.

Janet Davis

 

Janet, always ready to help