Austin City Lutherans (ACL) is a 501.c(3) non-profit serving low-income individuals and families. The organization operates a food pantry and offers 2-Gen(eration) childcare.
Austin City Lutherans consists of the leaders and members of the fifteen ELCA worshipping communities in Austin, Texas. Formed in 2011, ACL adopted the moniker “More, Better, Together” to guide its activities.
From September 2013 to July 2018, ACL operated the Bread For All Food Pantry at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church. As of August 2018, the pantry operates out of Faith Presbyterian Church, 1314 E. Oltorf. The pantry, powered by a volunteer base of more than fifty people, serves upwards of 125-200 family units per month. Open on Monday evenings, the pantry targets working folks and their children living in economic poverty. While most of the volunteers are Lutheran church members, a handful are friends – equally committed to this type of ministry – who have come alongside to help feed our neighbors in Southeast Austin.
ACL also sponsors fellowship and social gatherings. We’ve joined together for worship events and Reformation commemorations, seen and discussed movies as a large group, and have walked and sung outside City Hall lifting up our voices for common good.
In 2018, ACL stepped up to take on the mission challenge of addressing early childhood development in southeast Austin. Click on the SE Austin 2-Gen Childcare header (above) for updates. Childcare with a 2-Gen approach means that ACL works with parents of childcare children through support groups to help them access health, economic, and educational resources.
The following ELCA congregations and campus ministry make up ACL: Abiding Love, Ascension, Faith, First English, Gethsemane, Holy Cross, Lord of Life, Lutheran Campus Ministry at the University of Texas, Messiah, Peace, Salem, Shepherd of the Hills, St. John’s/San Juan, St. Martin’s, and Triumphant Love. (Prince of Peace is no longer a worshipping congregation, but hosted Bread For All for almost five years.)
Austin City Lutherans is a non-profit organization with 501.c.3 status.
ACL’s board of directors consists of:
Rev. Brad Highum, President
Janis Coltin, Vice-President
Dee Jackson, Secretary
Steve Zwernemann, Treasurer
Rev. Tom Grevlos, at large