• Hope
  • Healing
  • Welcome

Welcome to Divinity Lutheran Church

A People and Place of Hope, Healing and Welcome

Divinity Lutheran in Parma Heights, Ohio is a place where you can nurture your relationship with God and his people. Established in 1948 with 73 parishioners, we’ve grown into a faith community of over 1,300 people of all ages, engaged in a wide spectrum of community service, fellowship and ministry.

Live Streaming

Watch or listen to worship services online

Worship Services

Saturday 5:30pm
Saturday 5:30pm

This service is traditional with liturgy used from Evangelical Book of Worship (ELW). While it follows the same order as Sunday morning, it is laid-back and casual, and is usually held in our chapel.

Sunday 9am
Sunday 9am

This service is a traditional service with liturgy used from Evangelical Book of Worship (ELW).

Sunday 11am
Sunday 11am

This is a liturgical contemporary service that is led by our praise band, Chosen, which includes vocals, keyboard, guitars and drums.

Latest Sermon

A Holy Thrill Ride

A Holy Thrill Ride

When I was trying to figure out what to do with life after college, I spent a few summers as a camp counselor at Lutheran Memorial Camp, located about an hour north of Columbus. That if this whole pastor thing was really worth considering, maybe some time in outdoor ministry would be a good test. Now, a couple weeks before the youth started showing up to the 400 acres of beautiful woodlands, they had all of us late teens and early twenty-something’s come to the camp. Some of us, like me, were brand new and didn’t really know what the heck we were getting ourselves into; others had been doing the whole camp counseling thing for a while, and it was just another summer shaping the younger children of God’s hearts and minds. So, to start, they had all us young adults do those most annoying ice breakers to try to get to know each other better. Then, they wanted all of us newbies, especially, to start to come out of our shell, and broaden our leadership horizons for all the youth we were about to be responsible for in the months to come....
Sun, Sep 17, 2023

Wednesday Wanderings

Read the latest from Pastor Brad's blog, Wednesday Wanderings.
A little journey through this topsy-turvy journey of joys and sorrows and hopes and dreams with plenty of grace from God along the way.

September 20, 2023

For many of us computer users, when we first turn on our device, we are met with a random image before we type in our password to go on about our work (or complete and utter waste of time for many instances). We are also given an option to click our approval or disapproval with the picture. In this day in age of needing to be aware of how much personal information we share with whomever on the other end, it may not be the best idea that I take time to share my opinion of the selected visual taking over the initial screen each time. Nevertheless, I do, and Microsoft (or whoever it is) has caught on: I like, I adore, I’m captivated by Creation.

Our Ministries

Youth Ministry

We have an active and vibrant youth group here at Divinity Lutheran Church. Students who are in grades 9-12 are welcome to join our group.

Music Ministry

Divinity's music ministry features vocal and instrumental groups for all ages, and a variety of musical styles. Come and use your talents to lift beautiful praises to God!

Outreach Ministries

Divinity Lutheran Church provides support to the community in the way of community meals, donations, and volunteering at other social service and faith-based organizations.

Handmade Ministries

Some members of Divinity Lutheran use their time and talents to create handmade items such as prayer shawls, clothing and wooden baptismal boxes.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministers are lay caregivers who provide one-to-one Christian care to hurting people. It's not a ministry to be taken lightly, but is deeply rewarding and fills a critical need for additional ministers.

Parish Health Ministry

The mission of the Parish Health Ministry is to positively impact the lives of individuals in our congregation by supporting activities that promote the health of body, mind, and spirit.

Divinity Warmline

The Warmline is a recorded daily message to help us cope with life. We don’t always need a “hotline” geared for crisis and traumatic moments. But we all need a "warmline” somewhere to help us get in touch with ourselves, the church, and God. Goethe said, “One should, each day, try to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it is possible, speak a few reasonable words.” The Warmline helps us do just that! Each day’s offering includes an opening greeting, a devotional, poem, or scripture reading, Divinity prayer concerns, Divinity birthdays and anniversaries, and a closing prayer.


I turn 60 on March 1, which means my mom turns 80 on April 11. Yesterday, February 4, I retrieved my mom from the Southwest emergency room after she had fallen on her front steps while bringing in the morning Gazette. Her head was scraped, no cuts, no broken bones, but lots of blood due to her blood thinner pill – one of many pills. It was the fourth time I’ve taken her home from Southwest Hospital in the past two months. An ongoing UTI caused the first three visits.

When I dropped her off at 11:30 a.m., I had her take her morning pills. When Danette and Micah checked on her later in the afternoon, they discovered she had taken her morning pills for the next day as well. They brought her to our house to stay.

 My mom has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She can no longer figure out how to operate the microwave, the T.V. controls, or her car which I sold last week. We are in the midst of applying for Medicaid which she easily qualifies for. Sooner or later my mom will be in an Alzheimer’s unit in a nursing home.

Over the past 34 years I’ve visited with many parishioners in Alzheimer’s units. They’re locked down. You have to get a code at the front desk to get in and out. It’s not something I look forward to.

I know we will lose the war my mom and our family are waging against an opponent who always wins. We have no chance against the damage inflicted by enemy fire.

For years my mom has picked up elderly women who no longer drive to get them to church, doctor’s appointments, and to go out to eat. In her mind, I took the car away. As the enemy attacks her, he also attacks her family. I know all of this in my head but it doesn’t make it any easier.

We don’t know how her disease will progress. We do know the day will come when she will no longer recognize any of us. We will do everything we can to protect her for as long as we can.

Our Lenten journey will be especially dark for me this year. I believe that at the end of this journey is the resurrection to eternal life. As my mom enters into the darkness of Alzheimer’s disease, I pray that the light of Jesus Christ brighten her darkness as quickly as possible. God knows I’m not a patient man.

In Christ – Pastor Doug