Friends enjoy a potluck at Spirit of Life in Port Orchard, WA

We're always in a process of questioning, discovering, and nurturing faith in our lives.

To help us, we listen for the living word in Scripture. We listen to the witness of others and we watch and interact in the ways God is active in the world around us. Faith urges us to a full life, liberated for a living, daring confidence in God's grace.

About us


Who we are

A relatively young, but deeply rooted and connected congregation:

Spirit of Life began in 1993 as a mission development started by a group of people who recognized the need for a local congregation in the South Kitsap / Olalla area. From its beginning the primary vision is to be a congregation that serves as a community resource.

We are rooted in the historical and theological heritage of the Lutheran tradition.

If you would like to know more about Spirit of Life, you are more than welcome to contact the Pastor or the church office at your convenience.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

Spirit of Life is connected to other congregations through the ELCA. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. You can learn more about them on their website.

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How we understand Faith

We are a church whose unity is in Jesus Christ, who gathers us around word and water, wine and bread. Spirit of Life believes in the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching we trust that the Gospel shows the power of God's grace and unconditional love for all people.

Our teaching and theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not, however, have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Our teaching and theology simply prepares us to be witnesses in speech and in action of God's rich mercy in Jesus Christ.

Our Commitments

  • Welcoming

    We are committed to be a welcoming community. You are welcome. Your family, children, friends, spouses and partners are welcome. Your diversity and uniqueness are welcome. we welcome and honor all persons, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, age, physical or mental capacity, education, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic or marital status.

  • Renewing

    We are a church that is deeply rooted — and always being made new. We have committed to a formal renewal process in partnership with our Synod. This has enabled us to expand our ministries and better equip us to adapt to the needs of an everchanging world.

  • Serving

    We are a publicly engaged church that rolls up our sleeves and gets to work. We do God's work in the world, the work of restoring and reconciling communities.

  • Discipleship

    We are committed to facilitating an environment that is conducive for spiritual inquiry and growth. We recognize that we're continually in a process of discovering, tending, unfolding, and nurturing faith in our lives and the lives of others. Whether you are a believer, a doubter or a seeker... There is a place for you here.