By the Grace of God we have been given the opportunity to employ
Pastor Edgardo Ramirez
Pastor Ed is a T.E.E.M. (Theological Education for Emerging Ministry) Pastor who is continuing the ADORE LA Ministry which caters to LGBTQI+ people of color within our communities.
Pastor Ed is born from two Salvadorian immigrants, who have lived in the same community since their arrival in the 1980s. Pastor Ed was born and raised in the Los Angeles, Korea Town area. In their young adult years Pastor Ed moved to Houston, Texas for four years. Where they were a member of Grace Lutheran Church and volunteered in Grace Place with unhoused youth as a counselor. They are currently attending PLTS while they are working toward their ordination, while serving Hollywood Lutheran Church.
Bishop Murray Finck has authorized Pastor Ed to preside at Holy Communion and other Holy Sacraments while they finishes their studies.
Pastor Ed currently resides in Mid-City, Los Angeles, CA.
Hollywood Lutheran Church was founded May 29, 1921, when a group of 24
people, who had been meeting for worship and prayer in a private home in Los Feliz, who on May 29, 1921 opened a "Charter" of those wishing to start a new Lutheran congregation in the area. Quickly outgrowing a house living room, they began holding services in the Iris Theater in Hollywood, and found their first
pastor, Rev. Milton H. Stine.
In less than a year, the new congregation had purchased a lot on Sunset Blvd.
near Van Ness, apparently unaware at the time that it was surrounded by
properties being acquired by Warner Bros. Pictures, which had been established in 1918.
As Warner Bros. began to expand its Hollywood presence, a deal was made.
Hollywood Lutheran Church sold its lot to Warner Bros., and purchased a
permanent site in Los Feliz. In return, Warner Bros. made a generous donation to help with the cost of construction and furnishings.
In 1924 the congregation built its present home, at a cost of $70,000! The Sanctuary was dedicated November 9 that year and, although it has seen numerous redecorating and remodeling changes, has been in continuous use ever since.
A Sunday School rear building was completed in 1937, and enlarged in the 1940s. A two-story educational and office wing was added in 1968, replacing part of the rear building. At some time after that, but by 1976, the front steps were removed and the retaining wall and front terrace were created.