In 1986, Grace Lutheran Church was founded as a mission church to northeast Albuquerque.  The new Narthex and Sanctuary were built in 1998, and the original Sanctuary was converted to a Fellowship Hall.  The first floor of the Education Wing was completed in 2001, with four classrooms and an office.  The Lambs of Grace Preschool was founded in 2007.  This is a multi-day program that serves the Northeast Heights as an outreach and  teaching program.  Most recently, in 2016 the second floor of the education wing was completed.

Grace has been blessed with several former and current members entering the seminaries of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod to further spread God’s word.  Four sons of our congregation have become pastors, and one daughter has become a deaconess.  In 2016 we have one son studying to become a pastor.

From 2006-2009, grace participated in the Vicar program, and supported three seminary students, each for a period of one year as part of their vicarage.  The vicars were mentored by Pastor Graff and assisted him with Sunday worship, teaching Bible study classes, and working with our Youth Group.   In 2016 we have a member of our congregation enrolled in the Specific Ministry Program and is serving our congregation as a vicar.



Warren Graff


Pastor Graff has been faithfully preaching the Word for over twenty five years. He attended high school in Reno and college at the University of Nevada, Reno, and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, Economics. He studied at Concordia Seminary and has a Master of Divinity degree, as well as a Master of Old Testament Theology. Pastor Graff was called to Grace Lutheran Church and installed as Grace’s Pastor in May of 2002.

Marsh Shamburger


Linda Leitner

Preschool Director

Linda Leitner has been the director of and a teacher at Lambs of Grace Preschool since 2011, and brings many years of classroom experience to our preschool. After receiving her degree in Elementary Education from Concordia University at Seward, Nebraska in 1973, she has taught in Lutheran Elementary Schools in Texas, South Dakota and Arizona. She believes that children learn best in a student-centered classroom where active learning takes place. Linda is an advocate and encourager for the children God has placed in her care.



Connie Ela received her Office Administration Diploma from Seychelles Secretarial College. She began working at Grace Lutheran Church in 1998. Connie’s God-given talents, experience, and dedication to our congregation allow Grace’s church office to run smoothly and efficiently.


Born September 15, 1957, in Houston, Texas, to Joe and Margaret Graff, and baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Pastor Graff grew up with an older brother, Joe, and a younger brother and sister, Mark and Wendy. He was confirmed at Wheatridge Lutheran Church after his family had moved to the Denver area. Later, his family moved to Nevada. He attended high school in Reno and college at the University of Nevada, Reno, and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration, Economics. He married Elaine Boik in 1986 at St. Philip Lutheran Church in Houston, Texas. Pastor Graff and Elaine moved to St. Louis, Missouri, where Pastor Graff attended Concordia Seminary while Elaine worked as a video producer for the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. After receiving his Master of Divinity degree in 1990, he remained at Concordia Seminary to begin studies toward an Master’s in Sacred Theology, and in 1991 received a call to St. Luke Lutheran Church in Harrison, Michigan. Pastor Graff and Elaine were blessed with a son, Nathan, in 1994. In 2000, Pastor Graff completed his Master’s degree in Old Testament Theology. After serving eight years at St. Luke, Pastor Graff was called to Grace Lutheran Church in Albuquerque, and installed as Grace’s Pastor in May of 2002.



Sunday Morning Worship Service starts at 9:00.
Morning Prayer is held on Wednesdays at 7:00.

What We Believe

Our congregation confesses the Book of Concord and is part of the Missouri Synod.

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