Mount Olive is affiliated with the 2.5 million member Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. The word “Missouri” is an historical reference to the part of the United States where many of the earliest members lived, but today we are an international church body! The word “Synod”means “those who walk together” and refers to the origins of our church body over 150 years ago when people from different parts of our country decided to journey together according to the same understanding of the Christian faith. Today, together with our sister congregations throughout the United States and around the world, we sponsor mission work, welfare agencies, and educational institutions all over the globe. The Lutheran Church often highlights its teachings with the words: Grace Alone, Faith Alone, and Scripture Alone.
The first organizational meeting of the Palos Verdes Lutheran Mission was held on January 14, 1962. The first Sunday Worship was held the following week, with 43 faithful people attending the service which was led by the Rev. Harold Kupke, an instructor at the Lutheran High School of Los Angeles. The official founding of the congregation was on September 15, 1963. The Sanctuary at 5975 Armaga Spring Road, was dedicated on Ash Wednesday, February 23, 1966. Our Chinese Language Worship Services began on May 6, 2012.