Our vision

We are founded on God’s Word, which guides our worship, personal character, and love for God and others.  We preach and teach God’s Word for everyday life to every age.  We humbly share God’s Word with as many as we can, and live it out in all we do.

We are unified as a church family, with love and respect shown to all.  We care for and support members when they are hurting.  We celebrate together when one is rejoicing.  We lovingly hold one another accountable, without gossiping, when our brother or sister in Christ errs, pursuing restoration.  We give generously to the church and to those in need.

We encourage each other through fellowship regularly.  We delight in having others join our fellowship times.  We help people meet Christ and become a fully valued member of our church family.

We honor the LORD with our worship music and our ministries to children and adults.  We proclaim the LORD in the Lowry area, north central South Dakota, and around the world.

We continue to build upon the faithfulness of past generations.  We add to this legacy and pass the practices of a godly life on to the next generation.

Our Story

The Lowry Pilgrim Community Church (LPCC) is a small non-denominational church located in the hills of Lowry, South Dakota. It is centrally located between several communities, including Selby, Java, Akaska, Hoven, and Gettysburg. Our attenders are mostly from the local area, though several travel over 20 miles to attend Sunday morning services. The majority of attenders are or were involved in agriculture as their primary occupation. Agriculture is the base of the local economy, but there are also many businesses built on hunting, fishing, and outdoor recreation.

The church has always placed a high priority on sound Biblical teaching and missions, and continues to build on that tradition.  It was founded in 1901 as a congregational church and transitioned to being a Bible-based non-denominational church almost 20 years ago. Our theology is generally conservative, and we hold fast on the issues that we believe the Bible is very clear on. Though members may hold may differing views on the finer points of theology, we are a tight knit, unified body. LPCC is structured as a congregational church, but most decisions are made by a board with two elders and two to five deacons, depending on who is willing and qualified to serve.

The church has several young families and this is reflected in many of the ministries the church is involved in, such as MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers), youth Sunday school classes, children’s time during the service, and partnering with another church on an Awana program. The church also has men’s discipleship groups, Bible studies, adult Sunday school, worship services at the local nursing home, potlucks, and occasional Sunday evening praise and worship gatherings. Though our attendance is fairly small, we are able to accomplish a lot with our limited resources. Our Sunday morning services are fairly informal and relaxed. Our worship music is a mix of traditional hymns and contemporary music and we have special music whenever someone is willing. We have a greeting time, prayer time, a short children’s message and a sermon as part of the service. We also incorporate communion into the service once a month. Most of the children stay in the service with their parents so it can be a little noisy at times, but we do have a small nursery area in the basement where parents can take their kids. Despite the fact that most of our attenders have known each other for a long time, we are still a very welcoming church. We strive to make sure all our visitors are welcomed and engaged by members of the congregation.

We said goodbye to Pastor Mark Underkofler, his wife Lauren, and their two daughters in February as they accepted a call from a church in Iowa.  We are excited to welcome Pastor Scott Nelson and his wife CJ and their four children sometime in March or April.  Scott grew up involved in Christian camping with his father running youth camps in Dallas, TX and then in Rochester, MN.  He and CJ met in Ireland while he was interning with a missions organization and she was participating in a foreign studies program.  After several years in youth ministry and as a Youth Pastor, Scott decided to further his education and completed his Masters of Divinity at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, CA.  Scott and CJ have four children.  They both enjoy reading and playing board games and are working on getting the kids in on it too.