East Fork  Lutheran

Our Beginnings

A twisted cedar tree still stands on the East Fork Mission campus.  It's seen many changes in the last 122 years. 

In 1896 Missionary Paul Mayerhoff was assigned the Fort Apache Indian Reservation as his field of service.  Given friendly passage from Chief Cassadore of Peridot to visit the land of Chief Alchesay in the White Mountains, Mayerhoff set up camp under the old cedar tree on the banks of the East Fork of the White River.

As the years went by, a church was built, a school established, a nursery flourished for a time caring for approximately 6,000 people during its years of operation, and a training school for Native adults to be equipped for ministry began.

Today the tree still stands, but the landscape around it is drastically changed, and incredibly blessed with East Fork Lutheran Church, East Fork Lutheran School, and the Apache Christian Training School all continuing to share Jesus from that campus to the wider community.

East Fork, Arizona

From the South - travel north on Hwy 60 until you reach Hwy 73 which only goes East. Take this until Hwy 46 also called Fort Apache Rd and travel 4.3 miles to turn right into East Fork Mission. The school is on your right, the church to the left.

East Fork Lutheran
4325 Fort Apache Rd
Whiteriver, AZ 85941

Mailing Address:
East Fork Lutheran
Box 894
Fort Apache, AZ 85926


  • In-Service Worship: 6 PM Saturday, 8 AM Sundays (Drive-in Service)
  • Sunday School: 8:30 - 9:30 am Sundays
  • Youth & Adult Confirmation Classes: Contact Pastor Bostedt
  • East Fork Lutheran School - efschool.org

Current Pastor: Pastor Dave Bostedt