Agape Lutheran Community
Agape Lutheran Community
Lutheran Worshiping Community

In a time when our country seems so divided about so many things we stand ready to welcome and include all of God’s children regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, age, appearance or anything else that may divide us. Come and experience God’s unconditional love in an environment that proclaims the gospel. 


Our Mission

Agape seeks to be a safe place where all people, especially those who are hurting, questioning, feeling rejected, unnoticed, or unwelcomed elsewhere can experience Jesus and his unconditional love, and find
home in a community that strives to live together as his love for one another and for the world.

Upcoming Events

Gaston Pride at the Rotary Centennial Pavillion, Saturday September 15th from 1-6 pm.

Join us for the Interfaith Service at 12 pm

Our Ministries



Consistent with our Vision, Agape reaches out with God’s unconditional love to one of the most marginalized groups in Gaston County, the LBGTQ community. 


In addition to reaching out and serving the Gaston County community, members of Agape are committed to annual missions trip that include working with at-risk youth and advocating for people of color. 


Over the years we have worshiped with members of Heritage Oaks Assisted Living Center, invited them to picnics and outings and helped them with a service projects.



Weekly Service

We are a sacramental and worship-oriented church that promotes thoughtful debates about what God is calling us to do in the world. Holy Communion is served each time we gather.  We are active in the community with Heritage Oaks Assisted Living, Gaston County PFLAG, Timeout Youth, and the Interfaith Council. 

We gather for fellowship and worship on Wednesdays at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer located at 1915 S. New Hope Road, Gastonia, NC.  Worship begins at 6:30 pm.





Deborah Johnson is a Consecrated Deacon in the North Carolina Synod and serves as Agape’s spiritual leader/minister. Her first call was as the Executive Director of the Children’s Advocacy & Protection Center in Catawba County where she retired in January 2015.  Deborah has lots of experience in pastoral care, social justice advocacy and spiritual development. She is passionate about sharing Christ’s love to all. 


John is a lifelong Lutheran who was born and raised in Gastonia, North Carolina. Over the years he has served on numerous church committees to include congregational president. Becoming a part of Agape Lutheran Worshipping Community in 2011 initiated a transformative phase of John’s faith journey and has resulted in a commitment to making sure all people understand God’s unconditional love and grace.