Peace Lutheran Church is an urban congregation in the heart of the beautiful Hilltop neighborhood of Tacoma. We seek to reflect the ethnic, generational, socioeconomic and cultural diversity of our community and, while Peace is a vital presence in the Hilltop today, there was once a time in the life of the congregation when it nearly did not survive.
When the Hilltop began to feel the negative impacts of drugs, gangs and violence in the 1980s and early 1990s, Peace Lutheran Church came to be known as a quiet, faithful presence in the neighborhood.
Children and youth programs for neighborhood children have been central to the ministry of Peace Lutheran Church for decades.
In 2001, under the leadership of Executive Director Bill Hanawalt, the congregation of Peace Lutheran Church came forth with a separate nonprofit, the Peace Community Center.
In recent years, the Hilltop neighborhood has begun to experience a new community shift – that of gentrification.