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Church History

  Church History  
Note: Information from 2006 (will be updated for next years 50th anniversary)

History Highlights

2006 marks the following anniversaries:


Congregation - 40 years

 First Church - 36 years 

Parsonage- 30 years

New Church - 15 years

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Church History

January 19.1966
First exploratory service held; 21 attended
February 1966
Services moved to basement of VFW clubhouse
due to increased attendance
June 1966
Pastor Ronald Roth from Beaver Dam began
to serve Grace congregation
June 1966
Began holding Sunday School
September 1966
Grace congregation officially organized
Services moved to basement of a private
Christian Day School in Waupun
July 1967
Land was bought for future site of the church
September 1968
Additional land purchased to provide a better site


1st place of worship
Place of Worship

1st Lord's Altar
Lord's Altar

Ready for 1st service; Marie, Thomas & Mark
Ready for very first service;
Marie, Thomas & Mark Gedamke

Groundbreaking 1969
Goundbreaking 1969

Altar 1970
Altar 1970


Sepherds of Grace
Lutheran Church

1966- 1970
Pastor Ronald Roth
1970- 1976
Pastor Kenneth Gawrisch
1976- 1984
Pastor Paul Zittlow
1984- 1999
Pastor Timothy Mueller
2000 - 2014
Pastor Christopher Doerr

2014 - Current (vacancy pastor)
Pastor David Cooper

Pastor Ronald Roth
Throughout his public ministry Pastor Roth  demonstrated a commitment to outreach and stewardship ministry. He has    served four congregations as pastor: Good Shepherd, Beaver Dam, WI; Grace, Waupun, WI; Gethsemane, Omaha, NE; and St. Lucas, Milwaukee, WI. He led three of them through capital expansion programs. For seventeen years he served our Wisconsin Ev. Lutheran  Synod as administrator of Christian     giving, establishing a major giving ministry and leading three national campaigns. He was instrumental in developing     a planned giving ministry which after twelve years is blessing various ministries  with  annual  gifts  of $10-12 million in current donations and matured bequests. Another $400+ million in estate gifts have been arranged. He is a graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, WI. Ron and his wife Arlene were married in 1964. Arlene taught in WELS schools for 29 years. They live in the Milwaukee, WI area and are members of St. Paul Lutheran, Muskego, WI. They  are blessed with three children and four grandchildren.

Pastor Kenneth Gawrisch
The Gawrisch family left Grace congregation in Waupun in 1975. Our next    home    church    was    Immanuel Church and school in Waukegan,  IL. Our boys, Kurt and Joel, attended our Christian day school there. Mrs. Gawrisch, Sue, taught various grades in our day school for the 15 years we lived there.  In 1989 we  moved to  Franklin, W I. Here we served at St. Paul's church until 2006. Sue taught grades 3-5 at our day school. She played organ for worship and choir accompaniment all these years.
Our boys attended Northwestern Prep, Watertown, WI, for high school years. Kurt went on to graduate from college at Mankato, MN and post grad work in psychology at Concordia, Riverforest, IL. His initial psychology work led him to Chicago, IL. Six years ago Kurt became an officer in the Chicago Police Department. He is married to Jeanette nee Oakes and has two children, Amy, 5 and Andrew, 3. Our son, Joel, attended Northwestern College, Watertown, WI, and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. He tutored for two years in Saginaw, MI. Currently he serves as pastor at Christ Lutheran in North St. Paul, MN. Joel married Siri, nee Peterson. They have two sons, Grant (5) and Silas (1). Siri works out of her home office through the Dow Chemical Company of Midland, MI.
Pastor Gawrisch retired from the ministry at the end of 2005. Sue retires from the teaching ministry in May of 2006. On the weekend of April 29th-30th, 2006 we move into our new home at 8849 Lake Pointe Circle in Franklin, Wl53132.

church history cont.

September 1969
Ground breaking for the church
June 14, 1970
Church building dedicated; congregation
numbered 130 souls and 100 communicants
November 15, 1970
First resident  pastor  installed;  
Pastor  Kenneth Gawrisch

May 8, 1971
Ground breaking for the parsonage
September 26. 1971
Dedication of the parsonage
January 11. 1976
Second resident pastor installed; Pastor Paul Zittlow; congregation numbered 206 souls and 136 communicants

July 8. 1984
Third resident pastor installed;
Pastor Timothy Mueller (from seminary); congregation numbered 259 souls and 174 communicants
June 16. 1991
25th Congregation . Anniversary Service & Celebration;   2:00P.M.   service
July 28. 1991
Decided to build a new church and remodel the original diamond shaped building into a larger fellowship hall and enclosed Sunday School classrooms
August 18. 1991
Ground breaking for the new church
September 13. 1992
Dedication worship service of the new church and Education/Fellowship wing
June 25. 2000
Fourth resident pastor installed;
Pastor Christopher Doerr (from seminary);
congregation numbered 
434 souls and 316 communicants
April 30. 2006
40th Anniversary Service; congregation numbers
371 souls, 288 communicants


church today
Church today

altar today
Altar today

Same Worshiper's in 2006
Same Worshipers in 2006

church dedication in 1970
Church at Dedication 1970

Pastors Kenneth Gawrisch, Paul Zittlow & Ronald Roth
Pastors Kenneth Gawrisch, Paul Zittlow & Ronald Roth

Pastor Paul Zittlow

Pastor Paul Zittlow left Grace in 1983 to serve at Redeemer in Mandan, North Dakota. He served there until 1992 when he accepted a call to be pastor of Peace congregation in Eagle River, Alaska.  In 2001 Pastor Zittlow accepted a call to St. Paul's in Moline, Illinois. He continues to be the pastor there . His wife Sally is a teacher and counselor at Kaplan College in the area.
Pastor Zittlow and Sally have four grown children . Sarah is married to Kart Owens. They have three children and live in Milwaukee. Sarah is a deaconess for Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries and Karl is studying to be a teacher. Steve is a high school math teacher and lives in Brodhead, Wiscons in. Jennifer is married to Michael Ewart. They have been a missionary family in Russia for more than ten years . The Ewart family has four children with another one due in the summer of 2006. · Michelle is married to Mark Kom, a pastor in Saint Paul, Minnesota. God has blessed them with three girls.

Pastor Timothy Mueller

Pastor Timothy Mueller
Since being the Pastor of Grace Lutheran, I was Pastor of Immanuel Lutheran in Medford, WI. for four years and then the Pastor and Director of THE

. ROC for the last three years. St. John's, St. Luke's, St. Mark's and Trinity Lutheran churches of Watertow n issued my Call. We are members, however, of St. Mark's Lutheran.       Sue is working at Land's End in       Johnson Creek as an associate manager, and at Hallmark in Watertown. Jenny is married to Kevin Poston who teaches at Immanuel Lutheran School in Manitowoc, WI. Jenny and Kevin have two children, Joshua (2) and Jonah (1).  Tim Jr. (senior), Chris Ounior) and Julia (freshman)  are   all   attending   Martin L eran College in New Ulm.  MN  in order to become Christian School teachers.   Matthew Qunior) is attending Luther Prep. School in Watertown, WI.

Pastor Christopher DoerrPastor Christopher Doerr


Pastor Christopher S. Doerr has been at Grace, Waupun, since June of 2000. During that time he and his wife Carrie have  been greatly blessed with  three boys: Elisha (born July, 2000);  Jonas (born June, 2002); and Benjamin (born May,2004).  While he has been here, the congregation has   seen many membership changes, a dramatic increase in the visiting work done by the Board of Elders, several successful summers of hosting the Camp Phillip Day Camp program, and some new stytes of church music and preaching. Pastor especially        appreciates how patient and kind the congregation has been toward him and how hard our church's volunteers work. Pastor currently serves on the Executive Board at Winnebago   Lutheran Academy in Fond du Lac. Each Christmas, Pastor
and Carrie sing in the Winnebago Luthereran Chorale. The whole family enjoys music, games, reading, the Brewers, visiting friends and family, and spending time outdoors.

Pastor David Cooper

After serving Grace as a vacancy pastor for several months he accepted our call on Sunday, March 1, 2015 to serve as our full time pastor.  Pastor Cooper's has last served at St. Paul Ev.Lutheran Church in Slinger, WI.  More information to follow...