Yes, all of this is for your sake; so that grace, as it extends to more and more people,

may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God... (2 Corinthians 4:15)

Our Mission, Vision & Core Values

Our Mission

GATHER. EMPOWER. SERVE.

These three words express the heart of our faith, and what we understand ourselves to be about as a church.

As God gathered the Hebrew people from exile, so God gathers a diverse group here for every event...and the purpose is similar; leading people from slavery and anxiety to freedom and joy!


As God empowered countless leaders, prophets, and teachers, so we believe God empowers us to be the

hands and feet of Christ in our everyday lives!


As God served all humanity through the self-emptying of the cross, we believe we are called to live lives

devoted to letting God's care flow through us to others.

Our Vision

St. Luke Lutheran Church is a community of everyday people.

...GATHERING into one body where our common purpose overcomes human divisions;

...EMPOWERED through Scripture, Fellowship, Worship & Prayer to Christ's Followers;

...SERVING as Christ's hands and feet for a world in need.

Our Core V​alues

CHRIST. (Jesus is Lord)

Because Jesus is Lord and we are not, it is he who decides who is welcome, not us.

WELCOME. (All Are Welcome)

Because Christ welcomes all, we strive to be a warm, diverse & inter-generational

community where all are valued as children of God.

SUPPORT. (We Walk Together)

Because we believe community is a God-given gift meant to strengthen us,

we walk together and support each other through the best and worst of our

everyday lives.

JOY. (A Spirited Community)

Because we have been loved, welcomed, and supported on this journey,

we experience true joy and enthusiasm for the life God has given us together.

SERVICE. (Offering Our Gifts)

Because we believe God has blessed us so that we may be a blessing to others,

we see our everyday lives as the place where we are called to participate with God

in transforming lives with the gifts we have been given.


While we are Lutheran, and celebrate the rich heritage that offers us, we also understand ourselves to be an

all-denominational church because the God revealed in the Bible is far larger than any one church or

denomination! Above all, it is our goal to be formed into his disciples so that God can use us to change the

world with his grace and mercy, one person at a time.

Our Staff

Pastor Joshua Gyson

Pastor

Pastor Josh began his call at St. Luke in April of 2022. His ministry with us focuses on Preaching, Teaching, and Pastoral Care. Pastor Josh grew up in Michigan, a graduate from Western Michigan University with a BA in Philosophy and Ethics. He then earned his Master of Divinity from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg. Prior to serving with us, he served the Church in Lutz, Florida (Tampa area). He and his wife have three children. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and being outside in God's Creation.

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Michelle Kiekhaefer

Office Manager

Michelle joined the staff in 1994, and has overseen the day-to-day operations of the office ever since. If you need a question answered, she's the person to talk to! Michelle and her husband, Terry, have three grown children; Grant, Lauren, and April.

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Anne Constable

Communications

Anne has been part of the staff 

since 2021. She is responsible for overseeing all forms 

of communication from 

Making Waves e-newsletter and 

church mailings to weekly bulletins and social media websites.

Anne and her husband, Tyler 

have a son, a daughter, and 

a Newfoundland dog.

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Karen Horwitz

Worship Music Leader

Karen joined the staff in 2008, and uses her incredible musical gifts to create a worship atmosphere where all can encounter the living God! On a given Sunday, you may find her playing everything from classic hymns to "The Pink Panther"! Karen is a caregiver for her many four-legged "children" including Madison and Tulsa.

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Sandy Duehring

Choir Director

Sandy joined the staff in 2007. She directs the adult “Spirit of St. Luke Choir”. The goal of the choir is to share the Spirit of the Lord through music, fellowship and to accentuate thematic worship on Sundays. Sandy and her husband Bob have one son Rob, daughter-in-law Judy and grandson Cole. 

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~ Gather ~ Empower ~ Serve ~

Resources

Important documents including but not limited to Council Minutes, Annual Reports, and Church Constitution.

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Scrip Gift Card Information

SCRIP is a way of buying gift cards through St. Luke, with a percentage of the transaction benefiting the ministries of the church!

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Charitable Endowment

An intentional outreach into our local community,  St. Luke's Charitable Endowment Fund has a simple mission statement: "To receive, manage and distribute funds for those in need within our community, as well as to national and global charities."

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Event Planning

Thank you for considering St. Luke Lutheran Church for your special event! Click on More Info below to find information on facility use, fees and forms. Call the church office 262-644-6003 with any questions or to check availability.

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