My Mission Field

   "For a long time now--to this very day--you have not deserted your brothers but have carried out the mission the LORD your God gave you. " Joshua 22


The Grand Canyon Circuit underwent an historic change in 2012 when it split into two smaller circuits. This website offers current information on both circuits plus important links.


Map of both Grand Canyon Circuits

Change of Reporter Form


Circuit Boards

Find contact information on this page

for both the Grand Canyon East and West Circuit Boards.


Befriend A Mission Program 

provides an opportunity to keep in touch with assigned missionaries/missions daily, year-round and to regularly remember them in our prayers. Our letters, cards and occasional packages are voluntary extras. The missionaries tell how much they need our prayers and truly appreciate them.





 1450 registered attendees, along with a couple hundred guests joining together in worship on a Thursday evening in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Thousands of believers lifting their voices as 61 mission flags were carried in to begin the 55th Annual LWMS Convention. Tears of joy, humble hearts, and amazing stories of God's endless love and grace. Click the link for more tidbits from Convention.


FOR MORE QUICK FACKS CLICK HERE: 2018 Convention Quick-Facts  





                                Grace, Safford, Arizona,

                                     Grand Canyon -East Circuit  

     Married to Ella       

Served as missionary 'on the Apache reservation for 12 years.

Served as Arizona/California District Nominating Committee; speaker in Milwaukee, southern Michigan, and in Martinez, Georgia, about mission work on the Apache reservation

President of local Rotary Club; docent/tour guide for the Mt. Graham International Observatories (MGIO) in Safford; president of the local Desert Skygazers, local astronomy club

GCCEast 2020 Spring Rally will be at Shepherd of the Hills Tucson on 3/28/20


2019 Fall Rally

Saturday, October 5

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Globe AZ

630 North Devereaux, Globe, AZ.

"The Lord is the stronghold of my life!"



Registration 8 – 8:50 am
Rally 9 am to 2 pm – Lunch at 1 pm
Recommended by the GCCE Board:
Freewill Offering: Czech VBS
Mission Offering: WM#2018-19 ACTS (Apache Christian Training School)
Speakers were: Jenni Peterson -

“We Have a Job to Do” – Czech VBS
Pastor Eric Hartzell - “The Christian Life is Hands On”
Registration of $10 and Mission offerings are due by September 21 or register at the rally. 

Click here for mail-in Registration Form
Offering online registration for easier registeration and donations. 

($10 registration, rest goes to Mission Money)


GCCEast Spring Rally

Saturday, 4/6/2019

Holy Cross Lutheran

Tucson, AZ

Celebrate God’s Abundant Goodness Psalm 145:6,7

Freewill Offering: Kingdom Workers 

Mission Money:East Asia Special Projects

Project #WM2018-16

 Karen Christianson   “Performing, Partnering,  Advancing & Proclaiming”
Pastor Howard & Leslie Mohlke

“A Life in World Missions


Grand Canyon LWMS East Executive Board

President Laura Krause, Church of the Open Bible, Whiteriver, AZ

Vice President: Margy Hartzell, Immanual, Springerville, AZ

Secretary:    Denise Rhoads, Shepherd of the Hills, Tucson, AZ

Treasurer:    Linda Hulten, Grace Vail, Tucson, AZ

Spiritual Growth Laywoman: Marie Lingham, Shepherd of the Hills, Tucson, AZ

Spiritual Growth Laywoman: Brenda Lee, Church of the Open Bible, Whiteriver, AZ

Spiritual Advisor:  Eric Hartzell, Globe, AZ

Spiritual Advisor:  David Parsons, Holy Cross, Tucson, AZ




GCCWest 2019 Fall Rally 

Saturday, October 12

Grace Lutheran Church

Glendale, AZ


Spring rally at Cross of Glory Lutheran, Peoria, AZ:  4/18/20

Joint circuit Fall Retreat

Camp Shadow Pines, Heber, AZ:  October 23-25, 2020


GCCWest Spring Rally

Saturday 4/6/2019


Cross of Christ  Lutheran Kingman, AZ

A Time to Plant:

A Time to Build

“There is a time to plant and a time to build”

Eccliesiates 3:2b-3


Guest Speakers were: 

Pastor Matt Vogt

Debbie Dietrich

Mission Fund (75%):

 International missionary wives conference:

 Project # WM-2018-03


Freewill Offering:

 Project #HM-2018-04: Tools for Outreach


Grand Canyon LWMS West Executive Board 

President: Marie Huxtable, Cross of Christ, Kingman

Vice President: Merilyn Volkman, Deer Valley, Phoenix, AZ

Secretary: Linda Pantier,Paradise Valley, Scottsdale, AZ 

Treasurer: Carol Jacques, Cross Walk, Phoenix, AZ

Spiritual Growth Laywoman: Ann Bradford, 

Cross Walk, Phoenix, AZ

Spiritual Growth LaywomanLinda Pierce,

Cross Walk, Phoenix, AZ

Spiritual Growth Pastor: Ben Foxen, Cross of Glory, Peoria, AZ

Spiritual Growth Pastor: Lyle Sonntag, Crosswalk, Phoenix, AZ

Here are some details about the recent East &West

Fall Retreat October 2018

LOCATION:  Lions Camp Tatiyee, Lakeside, AZ


  • Stand Firm!  Pastor Eric Hartzell

  • Pastor Timothy Patoka  Communicating Christ's Cross to Generation Z 

  •  Debbie Deitrich update: 125 years of WELS work on the upper and lower Apache Reservations.


Mission Box Project Board Recommendation  - HM-2018-09 

College Student and Campus Pastor Conferences approx. Collected:  $3283.59

Board Recommendation for Freewill Offering

 HM -2018-05 Musical Assistance received approx. Collected$867.00


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