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Michael Byus

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Rev. Dr. Michael D. Byus

I was born in Indiana in 1950 and after moving all over the country, we finally landed at a Navy base in the California desert in 1959 where my dad was an electronic engineer.  This is basically where I grew up.

After 10 years in the Army, I worked as a contractor in the computer business, from programmer to analyst.  Today, I have a wonderful wife, 3 great daughters, 6 grandchildren, and 2 precocious great-grandkids.

After hearing the Lord’s call in 1990, I went into ministry first as a kid’s choir director, then as a licensed minister until I could go to seminary.  

While in seminary, I worked with and counseled incarcerated teenagers as a Chaplain.  I now have over 20 years’ experience in pastoral ministry with emphasis on Chaplaincy, counseling, and spiritual care.  

Licensed in 1994 and after 2 years’ ministry field work, I was ordained. I have pastored three churches (one of which I helped plant) and performed as a chaplain in a variety of settings to include nursing homes, hospitals, and retirement centers.  For several years, I volunteered and assisted the local Fire and Police Departments as an on-call Chaplain.

After moving to Washington, I was called to serve as the associate pastor of a local church, and when the senior pastor went to be with the Lord, I was asked to take the position.  I was their senior pastor for almost 19 years. 

I now serve, by the grace of God, as the Interim Pastor of Living Word Lutheran Church. May the Lord guide my steps and keep me humble in His service.

My credentials include:

BANewport University

Chaplain CertificationMaster’s Divinity School

CPEChaplain Field Work

MDivBiblical Counseling; Trinity Theological Seminary


PhDApologetics; Trinity Theological Seminary


OFfice manager

Cecelia Endicott

Cecelia's Bio Coming Soon

Choir Director

Dan Owen

Dan's Bio Coming Soon


Mary Kaye Owen

Mary Kaye's Bio Coming Soon


2021-2022 Term

Al Auge, President

Jim Gronhovd

Ron Johnson

Sharon Johnson, Secretary

Al Luberts 

Dick Schmidt

Michael Stankovich

Lorraine Stargel, Vice-President

Heidi Sturdevant

Larry Volmer, Treasurer

Living Word Mission Statement

"We, God’s people of Living Word Lutheran Church, grounded in Holy Scripture, are called to follow and share the inspired Word of God in Christ, to live as faithful and obedient servants, reaching out to all people with the love of Jesus Christ."

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Apostles' Creed

We believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.

We believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our LORD. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended into hell. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Christian Church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  



Michael Byus, Pastor

Cecelia Endicott, Office Manager

Daniel Owen, Choir Director

Mary Kaye Owen, Accompanist

Our Story

Living Word Lutheran Church was formed in 2009 as a new congregation affiliated with Lutheran Congregations in Mission for Christ (LCMC).  The LCMC was founded in 2001 as an association of confessional Lutheran congregations and pastors from around the world.  LCMC is made up of people who gather around the Word and Sacraments. 

Living Word first held meetings at at Ballou Jr. High School, and later secured an office space and moved their Sunday services to the Meridian Habitat Center in Puyallup, WA.  

In the fall of 2019, the congregation purchased the property  where it currently worships.  The first service was held on the first Sunday of Advent.

Living Word is firmly committed to the authority of the Bible.  As Living Word's congregational faith statement says:

"This congregation accepts the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith and life."

In addition, we as a congregation and as an association affirm the Reformation motto of

"Grace Alone, Faith Alone, Word Alone." 

With these free gifts, we are to "grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ" (II Peter 3:18, NKJV) so that "we no longer should live the rest of our time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God" (I Peter 4:1 NKJV).

Biblical Truths

"And there is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved."

Acts 4:12 ESV

"For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.  Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight."

Psalm 51:3-4a ESV

"Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you."

Ephesians 4:32 ESV

"through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins"

Romans 3:24b-25 ESV

"And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God."

1 Corinthians 6:11 ESV

"If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."

1 John 1:8-9 ESV

"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."

James 1:27 ESV

"I am writing to you, little children, because your sins are forgiven for his name's sake."

1 John 2:12 ESV

"Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment."

John 5:28 ESV

Vision Statement