The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Columbine, 10 years later

April 20 marked the 10th anniversary of the high school shootings in Columbine, Colo.

The tragedy’s aftermath brought grief and change to area congregations

“Whenever there’s trauma, usually pastors wind up leaving,” said Donald G. Marxhausen, who led Littleton’s St. Philip Lutheran Church in 1999 and officiated at the funeral for Dylan Klebold, one of the shooters.

Conflict erupted in the congregation, and he left the following year.

Nathan P. Doerr, who arrived as pastor in 2003, said, “Initially there was a sense that ‘you’ve not been through my suffering.’ Tragedy now drives us deeper into the arms of God rather than driving us apart.”


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