We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God’s grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person–questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God’s work in Christ’s name for the life of the world.  Learn more about the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America: http://www.ELCA.org

In the 60 year history of RELC, a lot of change has occurred in its home community of Hilliard, OH.  RELC continues to evolve as the needs of God’s people are ever-changing. This is a very active congregation, with ministries that work both within and outside the walls of our building.

The breadth of our work includes…

feeding those who are in need,

both at our own doorstep through our B.O.L.D. food pantry and in partnership with First English Lutheran Church in downtown Columbus.

supporting the faith of our members, or anyone interested in participating:

      • Book club
      • Bible study
      • Health ministry
      • Adult Forum

…to name just a few.

learning and socializing for grade school age children and youth

  • Dedicated team of teachers and leaders creating an environment for children to learn about Christ and practice his teachings
  • Activities specifically tailored to teens/young adults
  • 4 for All: one Sunday a month for multi-generational learning, from our newest to our most mature learners…and everyone in between

We enjoy one another’s company in fellowship between services and at other times throughout the year, often complete with the all-important Lutheran casserole (and a lot of other goodies too)!.

We truly strive to do God’s Work with our hands.

We invite you to Contact Us.

We will get back to you so we can learn how Resurrection can support you in faith in Jesus Christ.

We look forward to meeting you!


  Meet our pastor, Pastor Dave, our temporary office manager, Julia Nelsen, and our Music Director, Brennan.

Rev. David “Pastor Dave” Kamphuis began his work at RELC in September of 2019. He has served in ministry in both suburban and inner city settings. 

His education is from Trinity Lutheran Seminary (Bexley, OH) and Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI)  He enjoys teaching from the Bible, providing historical context, and developing social support within and outside the congregation.

Pastor Dave co-writes a regular blog called

The Fire Escape

with Pastor Mike Hanck, Salem Lutheran Church, Toledo, OH, USA.

In addition, Pastor Dave is currently providing devotions M-F via podcast at relchilliard.podbean.com.




The church office is currently coordinated by Julia Nelsen, who the first contact you will make when calling or emailing the office at RELC. 

If you have any questions about worship times or experience, any ministries, or general questions about RELC, feel free to contact the church office.

Julia’s involvement in RELC has reach from playing the French horn during worship, participating in our youth group and college ministries, and being assisting minister for worship.




Brennan serves as our Music Director, encompassing the roles of choir director and organist/pianist for Sunday worship and other occasions when music is required.

Educated at St. John’s College (Annapolis, MD) and The Ohio State University (Columbus, OH), Brennan has shared a breath of musical ways for our choir and congregation to raise our voices in praise to God.