About Us

Christ Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. It is a place where you will be nourished and strengthened for life and salvation through our Lord's gifts of Word and Sacraments:

  • A place where the Word of God is taught in its truth and purity according to the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church

  • A place where our Lord's sacraments are administered rightly

  • A place where you come into the presence of God through traditional worship to receive His gifts

  • A place where you and your family can anchor your lives and grow in faith together as you study God's Word

  • A place where you can serve and support the ongoing proclamation of the Gospel as a disciple of CHRIST:

Called to a new life through Baptism
Hearing and keeping God's Word
Receiving His gifts in regular worship, then
Interceding for others through prayer
Serving and giving generously, and
Telling others the good news of Christ crucified and risen for life and salvation.

We have received Christ’s gifts for forgiveness, life and salvation, and now we share His gifts with the world around us – with family, neighbors, co-workers, and everyone who asks the reason for the hope we have (1 Peter 3:15). Salvation by grace through faith, purchased by Christ’s atoning sacrifice and poured out for us through His Word and Sacraments is the message we proclaim at Christ Lutheran Church for the life of the world.

About Our Pastor

Rev. Dr. James R. Holowach, M.D., M.Div., is a 2004 graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, IN. Born in Meadville, PA, he was baptized November 15, 1959, then moved with his family to Southern California and grew up near Los Angeles. He received his Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of California, Irvine in 1981, then his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in 1986. He completed a Family Practice residency at St. John's Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, and was Board Certified by the American Board of Family Practice in 1989. He practiced medicine in Cullman, AL for eleven years prior to beginning his studies for the Holy Ministry.

Dr. Holowach was converted to Christianity as an adult, and while attending medical school became a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Jackson, MS. There he met and married his wife Susan in 1985, and they now have two daughters, Marie and Michelle.

After establishing his medical practice, Dr. Holowach became more involved in music and worship as an elder at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cullman, AL. After years of teaching and serving as elder, organist, and Music Committee Chairman, he elected to pursue a full time career in the Holy Ministry. Dr. Holowach left his medical practice in April 2000 and moved with his family to Fort Wayne, IN to study at Concordia Theological Seminary. He completed a four year course of study, including a one year vicarage at St. John Lutheran Church and School in Wheaton (near Chicago), IL. He received awards for academic scholarship and leadership, and was honored to serve as Sacristan in Kramer Chapel during his fourth year at seminary. He graduated with the Master of Divinity degree May 21, 2004, and was called to Christ Lutheran Church in Jackson, MS where he continues to serve as pastor.

The First 50 Years at Christ Lutheran

Receiving God’s gifts and sharing God’s gifts… That’s where it all began in January, 1957, when the Baptized children of God at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Jackson unanimously resolved to “adopt and organize a mission of Our Redeemer congregation to be located in the northern section of Jackson, Mississippi and that services be held the first Sunday in February, 1957.” Going forward by faith, Christ Lutheran Church conducted their first worship service on February 3, 1957 with thirty-three people in attendance. By April, fourteen families requested transfer of membership to the new mission, and in May the present property was purchased for $25,000. A candidate was called from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, and on August 4, 1957, the congregation installed their first pastor, Rev. John D. Huber.

Within months, the new pastor and his small flock began the task of constructing a new building for the church. Ground was broken on December 8, 1957, and the present building was completed 6 months later. A service of dedication was held on Sunday afternoon, June 15, 1958.

The hand-crafted silhouette of Christ in the chancel was developed by the Ecclesiastical Arts Department of Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, MO, and was dedicated on June 25, 1967 in memory of John Clemmer who served as first president of the congregation. The silhouette and the words from Matthew 11:28, “Come Unto Me, All Ye Who Labor, and I Will Give You Rest,” continue to provide an inspiring focal point for all who come before the Lord to receive His gifts of forgiveness for life and salvation. 

In the years that followed, the congregation at Christ Lutheran Church continued to receive God’s gifts and blessings, worshipping and fellowshipping together, sharing weddings and funerals, baptisms and confirmations, and working together in various outreach projects. The congregation grew, and a large building addition of Sunday School rooms and a Fellowship Hall was dedicated on February 13, 1983. Now celebrating over 50 years of life together at Christ Lutheran Church, we thank and praise God as He continues to provide His gifts and to have good use of us to share His gifts for the life of the world. We look forward with great joy, trusting in Him alone to write the next page of our life together at Christ – the life we share IN Christ.