Who We Are

A Light on the Way

We are a community of about 200 people primarily from the Burbank, N. Hollywood, Sun Valley area who acknowledge that the world we live in is sometimes a dark and scary place. We’re reminded of that daily when we pick up a newspaper or watch the news on TV. And we know it firsthand from the pain of our own struggles. But as Christians we know another reality too. We are an Easter people living in a Good Friday world. We know through the good news of the resurrection that Jesus, the light of the world, “shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5). As the body of Christ our church reflects the light of Jesus as we gather in his name and follow his lead. By our life together we become a place of sanctuary, a community of hope, a light on the path for the journey ahead.

We are also a community on the way. We have been rooted in this place for over 75 years on Whitnall Highway, or more commonly on the corner of Clark and Hollywood Way. But our identity is much more than just our location. Before the very first followers of Jesus were called Christians they were known as People of the Way. We go back to the very beginning, in line with our ancestors in faith, continuing to follow the One who called himself “the way, and the truth and the life.”

As Lutheran Christians we also follow the teachings of the 16th century church reformer Martin Luther. Part of his understanding was that we are always to be a reforming church listening to how God is shaping our ministry in new ways in response to a changing world. In other words, we are a work in progress, always on the way to becoming the people that God would have us be.

American Lutheran Church Burbank is part of the Evangelical Church in America (ELCA)


We are one of the almost 10,000 congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with 4.5 million members across the United States. Visit www.elca.org to learn more about what we believe and practice in our life together.

Southwest California Synod

We are also a congregation within one of the 65 geographical synods of the ELCA with congregations from the Los Angeles area up to San Luis Obispo. Visit www.socalsynod.org to learn more about our partnership with other congregations in this region.