Immanuel Lutheran Church

Experience, Equip, Engage Riverside, CA
Immanuel Lutheran Church

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5545 Alessandro Blvd
Riverside, CA 92506



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Who We Are

We are a thriving community of committed Christians who have been serving Riverside for more than 100 years. Our mission is to help children and adults come to know Jesus Christ in a personal way, and to assist them to grow as His disciples.

Immanuel means "God With Us," but it's more than just a title for God; it's a promise that He gives to His followers. In good or difficult times, we have great confidence in Christ's constant care for our lives.

Are you looking to experience God's presence in your life? Come be a part of our community. Be encouraged in worship; be enlightened in His Word; be empowered to make an impact in our world

About Us

Spirit-filled, Friendly, Neighborhood-focused, Young families, Lots of kids

Community Service, Social Justice, Children's Ministry, Youth Group, Choir, Missions, Nursery, Adult Education, School

Traditional Hymns, Contemporary

Lutheran (LCMS)




Our Services

What are services like?
8:00 AM Traditional Worship Service Organ, choirs, preaching, and the historic liturgy offer a deeply meaningful worship experience. This service will include a children's message and "Kids Busy Bags" for fun Bible activities to do in the pew. 10:15 AM Family Praise Service with Sunday School Especially designed for families, this service begins with parents and kids together in our sanctuary for opening praise. Children K-6 are then dismissed for an interactive Sunday School experience. Parents continue in worship and a great, Bible-based message with Pastor.

What is the community like?
Our vision is to intentionally reach out to active suburban families in Riverside. We will be a church that empowers people to grow in their faith through dynamic worship and effective small groups. Our small groups will be a place where we support one another and serve as the hands of our church in reaching out to our community and the world. We will be a school that pursues excellence in educating children as well as impacting their families with the love of Christ. By 2015, we will establish a multi-cultural ministry to better engage our diverse neighbors.

What if I'm not a Christian?
You are welcome to experience what it's like to be in God's presence. Join us for worship or check out any of our community events or Bible studies. For more information, please contact us at [email protected]

Leadership View all

Steven Borst

Steven Borst

Pastor Borst came to Immanuel as Sr. Pastor in September of 2008. He comes to us with experience as a church planter, campus pastor, conference speaker, published author, and university professor. Steven's passion is to help Christians discover authentic discipleship by responding to Jesus' call: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it." (Matthew 16:24-25)

What Members Say Add your voice

  • 11 years ago when our family moved to Riverside we were looking for a church that was grounded in teaching the word of God. We also wanted to find a church where God would let us use our gifts that He graciously blessed us with. We found that here at Immanuel. We got connected in ministry right away. Teaching Sunday School, Leading Small Group Bible Studies and leading worship on Sunday mornings. Getting involved with small groups and volunteering for different ministry teams allowed us to meet alot of different people that have truely blessed our lives over the years. Our familys spiritual life has blossomed here at Immanuel in experiencing God's presence in our lives through word and sacrament, equipping us to use our gifts to glorify God and engage our neighbors and community with the love of Jesus Christ. As a newcomer you can expect a warm welcome and you will experience God's presence as you sing praises to our heavenly Father and hear the powerful word of God being preached from our Pastors. We offer a dynamic Sunday School for Toddler thru 6th grade with age appropriate material that is fun and engaging. We have a staffed child care for the little ones that are too young to go to Sunday School. We offer both liturgical and comtemporary styles of worship. I love meeting new and returning guest and look forward to meeting you. Let us grow in Christ together!
  • Immanuel is such a blessing to our family. We love it here! The pastors are exceptional, and the folks are friendly. You couldn't ask for a better, more spiritually uplifting experience!
  • When we visited Immanuel 2 years ago, we immediately knew that we had been led to our church home. Since then, we have become members and have been excited with all the opportunities for worship, study and ministry. Focus on God's Word in every aspect of life at Immanuel has been especially meaningful for us. We feel so blessed to be a part of this wonderful congregation, and we would like to share that experience with you!
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