Our Story

In the beginning……….

photo of a flamingoIn 1964, the Lutheran Church in America (LCA, now defunct) sent Rev. Jay Tichenor, a recently ordained pastor, to establish a church in the Town of Clay near the rapidly growing development of Bayberry.  The new congregation began meeting for worship at the Flamingo Bowling Alley on September 27, 1964.

The official date of organization was May 23, 1965.  At that time, the 98 charter members issued a call to Pastor Tichenor.  He was installed on October 10, 1965, with plans to erect a church at 7570 Oswego Road.  Ground breaking for the 175 capacity sanctuary was held on November 7, 1965.  The growing church, located next door logo for Friendly's Restaurantto Friendly’s Restaurant, became fondly known as “St. Friendly’s”.  As more education space was needed, modular units provided temporary space.  With the surrounding land already developed, the congregation needed a new expansion site.

In January 1987, land three miles north of our first facility on Oswego Road was purchased with plans to build a new structure.  Dedication events were held November 23-24, 1991.

Photo of King of Kings in winterWithin ten years, the Sunday school had grown so large that every available space was being used.  The “Growing Our Kids’ Future” financial campaign funded additional education space that was dedicated in October 2001.

The congregation remains friendly and mission focused, not only entrance rockin the surrounding community but in support of a variety of projects away from “home”.  Other areas of strength can be seen in the youth ministry and music programs, as well as a community service attitude permeating most ministry groups.

Our Leaders

Throughout our history, we have been served by many pastors, each leaving his own unique contribution to our congregation:

Rev. Jay M. Tichenor…………………………….1965-1968

Rev. Richard L. Eilers……………………………1969-1972

Rev. Dr. John H. Sprock………………………..1973-1974

Rev. Robert Cornelius……………………………1973-1974

Rev. Neal A. Orabka………………………………1974-1979

Rev. Charles D. Bang…………………………….1980-1983

Rev. Gene F. Jerge………………………………..1984-1985

Rev. Dr. Paul A. Herpich……………………….1986-present

We would be remiss if we did not mention the pastoral services and ministry of the Rev. Alfred Schroder, who served as our vice-pastor during three different vacancies of the 1980s.