About Christus Victor Lutheran Church

But thanks be to God, who gives us the Victory through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

1 CORINTHIANS 15:57

We're So Glad You Found Us!

Because God through Christ has conquered the powers of sin and death, we are freed to live in response to this grace-filled promise: We have already been saved through God’s love for us!
Let’s live like death and sin have no more power over us. Because they don’t!
Let’s live like Christ’s death and resurrection really mean that our lives have changed. Because they have! Thanks be to God!
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Sharing God’s Love and Grace Through Worship, Outreach, and Fellowship

VISION STATEMENT

God has called us through Jesus Christ, to be a community of faith, inspired by the Holy Spirit, to reach out to others with the Good News that God loves and forgives all people. We joyfully invite and welcome all people to join with us in lives of faith, lived victoriously in community, and in love and service to God and our neighbors.
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Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

Christus Victor Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.  To learn more about what we believe as Lutherans, visit the ELCA’s website.
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Florida-Bahamas Synod

Christus Victor Lutheran Church is a member of the Florida-Bahamas Synod. To learn more, visit the Florida-Bahamas Synod website.

Meet Our Staff

Pastor Tom of CVLC | Christus Victor Lutheran Church Naples & Bonita Springs

PASTOR TOM SLATER

Pastor

Pastor Tom of CVLC | Christus Victor Lutheran Church Naples & Bonita Springs

Pastor Tom Slater

Pastor Tom Slater has been serving as senior pastor of CVLC since 1996.  He grew up in Northeastern New Jersey and went to Concordia College in Bronxville, New York. From there, he attended seminary at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, PA. He was ordained in 1985 and has served churches in Loganville, PA (Christ Lutheran), Jacksonville, FL (Faith Lutheran), and now Naples, FL (Christus Victor Lutheran). His passion for ministry lies in reaching out to all with the love of Jesus Christ. He is the proud father of three beautiful daughters and seven charming grandchildren.
Gerard Benjamin, Synod Parish Deacon | Christus Victor Lutheran Church Naples & Bonita Springs

GERARD BENJAMIN

Synod Parish Deacon

Gerard Benjamin, Synod Parish Deacon | Christus Victor Lutheran Church Naples & Bonita Springs

Gerard Benjamin

SYNOD PARISH DEACON
Gerard Benjamin serves as a Synod Parish Deacon at Christus Victor. Gerry and his wife Carol relocated to Estero, Florida in October, 2014. Gerry completed the 2-year Diakonia program in June, 2017 and was commissioned as Parish Deacon in July, 2017. He enjoys serving with Pastor Tom and working on technical and property projects at Christus Victor.
Joyce Reitz, Director of Music | Christus Victor Lutheran Church Naples & Bonita Springs

JOYCE REITZ

Director of Music

Joyce Reitz, Director of Music | Christus Victor Lutheran Church Naples & Bonita Springs

Joyce Reitz

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC
Joyce Reitz has been serving as our Director of Music since 2011.  Joyce was born in Cairnbrook, PA  a very small coal town in Somerset County.  She studied piano and organ under Rita Sadlon, the organist at her home church, and pipe organ at Shippensburg University. She has been playing for congregations since age 13, and has served as organist, pianist, and choir director of many churches in PA and FL. She is enjoying working with Pastor Tom, the choir, the office staff, and getting to know the congregation.  Her favorite past times are working in her yard, doing odd jobs around her home, and helping her neighbors. You can reach her with inquiries about CVLC’s music programs by email at musicbyjoyleen@aol.com.
Dawn King, Office Administrator | Christus Victor Lutheran Church Naples & Bonita Springs

DAWN KING

Office Administrator

Dawn King, Office Administrator | Christus Victor Lutheran Church Naples & Bonita Springs

Dawn King

OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR
Dawn King serves as our Office Administrator. She has been an active member of Christus Victor since 1992, and has especially enjoyed teaching Sunday School for many years. Dawn lives with her husband, Bruce, in Naples, and their daughter and son-in-law, Jacquelyn and Ben reside and work in Tampa. She joined the CVLC staff in 2009.
Susan O'Brien, Director of Education | Christus Victor Lutheran Church Naples & Bonita Springs

SUSAN O'BRIEN

Director of Education

Susan O'Brien, Director of Education | Christus Victor Lutheran Church Naples & Bonita Springs

Susan O'Brien

DIRECTOR OF EDUCATION
Susan O’Brien is our Director of Youth and Education.  She grew up moving all over the world while her dad served in the U.S. Army.  She has lived in Germany, Japan, Korea, and many states in the U.S.  Susan has 3 adult sons and a daughter currently attending Purdue University.  She loves working with children and youth, and lives for the “a-ha” moments when a child finally gets something they’ve been working hard at.
Sherry Slater, Senior Ministry Director | Christus Victor Lutheran Church Naples & Bonita Springs

SHERRY SLATER

Senior Ministry Director

Sherry Slater, Senior Ministry Director | Christus Victor Lutheran Church Naples & Bonita Springs

Sherry Slater

SENIOR MINISTRY DIRECTOR
Sherry Slater is Christus Victor’s Senior Ministry Director. Sherry grew up in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania but has lived in Bonita Springs for over 25 years. She’s been married for 38 years and enjoys spending time with her family, reading and crocheting. She has her Master’s Degree in Business from Hodges University, and after retiring as the General Manager for the Club at Rapallo, God has called her into this wonderful venture of Senior Ministry. Sherry is available to answer, or research answers, for all your questions that might arise on “senior” needs. Feel free to contact her at seniorministry@cvlcfl.org or call the church office at (239) 597-1043.
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REV. THOMAS J. SLATER VICTORY PARK

Victory Park

Enjoy the beautiful green space at the back of our campus! Walk the Stations of the Cross, spend time in the memorial garden, eat lunch in our picnic pavilion, meditate in the outdoor chapel.

Congregation Council

The Congregation Council shall have general oversight of the life and activities of this congregation, and in particular, its worship life, to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

2021 CONGREGATION COUNCIL MEMBERS

  • President: John Butcher
  • Vice President: Jim Helle
  • Secretary: Carol Benjamin
  • Property Liaison: Teaker Harris
  • Administration Liaison: Ginny Engler
  • Spiritual Ministry Liaison: Janice Lorimer
  • Associate Member Representative:
    Paul Bartholomew
  • Pastor: Thomas Slater
  • Treasurer (Non-voting): Richard Dougherty