About Our Church

Who We Are

And Jesus came and said to them, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." Matthew 28:18-20

Since 1956, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church has been dedicated to celebrating and spreading to others the joy of salvation in Jesus Christ.


In the late 1940s, Minot’s growth was in the northwest area of the city. The North Dakota District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod felt the need to start a mission church in that area. 


In 1956, 37 families (85 children) were transferred from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church to fulfill that mission need.  The Reverend Robert Plagens of Anamoose was called to be the first pastor with services held in Longfellow School until Thanksgiving of 1956 when services were held in the church while it was being built.  That first church, which is now our Sunday School area, was finished and dedicated in September 1957.  The present structure was built from 1969-1971 with dedication in April 1971.


Being “Lutheran,” our congregation accepts and teaches Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone and Faith alone.


Grace alone - God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him, and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.


Scripture alone - The Bible is God’s inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.


Faith alone - By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.




In grateful response to God's grace and empowered by the Holy Spirit through God's word and Holy Sacraments, the mission of St. Mark's Lutheran Church is to vigorously make known the love of Christ by word and deed  within our congregation, the Minot community and the world.



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