img_1883The Church of God in Luxembourg celebrated its 25th Anniversary October 15-16, 2016. The church was organized in 1991 by European Field Director Dr. Douglas LeRoy and France Overseer André Weber with seven adults and eight children. Led by Pastor and National Overseer Graham Kettle, the church has grown to over 400 believers from 47 nations. The diverse group is united in their worship and commitment to Jesus Christ.

Luxembourg is the banking and insurance center of the European Union. It is also the home of the European Court. The small landlocked country has a population of 585,000 and is surrounded by Germany, France, and Belgium. It is a representative democracy with a constitutional monarch. It is headed by the grand duke and is the world’s only remaining grand duchy.

Graham and Chris Kettle are natives of England and have lived in Luxembourg for 27 years where Graham has worked for Goodyear. They planted the English-speaking church, but their ease of working with other cultures opened the door for many nationalities. The celebration services featured music in English, French, and Spanish.

At the conference, a new pastor was installed for the English-speaking (Oasis) church—Pietro and Giovava Colaci. Both are ordained ministers in the Church of God and recent graduates of the European Theological Seminary in Germany. Pastor Adami leads the French church (El Shaddai). He immigrated from the Congo in 1987 and teaches at the Bible College in Brussels, Belgium. A Portuguese church (El Faro) has also been established. Overseer Kettle believes that the way for the church to expand is to establish language cell groups leading to churches. A Nepalese cell group has already begun.

The scriptural theme was highlighted from 2 Samuel 7:12: “Hitherto has the Lord helped us.” The Church of God in Luxembourg believes that God is going to continue to help them reach their nation for Christ.

Dr. Douglas LeRoy