Welcome to Waconia Faith Lutheran Church
Waconia Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church is a Christian congregation which welcomes people of many traditions and backgrounds.
We come together for worship, study, mutual support, and ministry in our community and world. Our mission as a congregation is to "learn the gospel, serve the gospel, and share the gospel of Jesus Christ."
We invite you to come and join us in worship and mission!
Faith Lutheran Church is one of the newer churches in Waconia with a young history of approximately forty years.
In 1967, four men, having coffee in a local coffee shop discussed the need for another Lutheran Church in the growing community of Waconia. A steering committee was formed and the first worship service was held in June of 1968. These were humble beginnings with seventy-five people joining the church. In September of 1968 the local Izaak Walton League clubhouse was rented as a temporary facility. In 1969 the congregation was designated as a preaching station of Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown.
Rev. Terry Morehouse was called in August of 1969 as the congregation's first pastor/mission developer. In August of 1970 the church held a Charter Sunday and became incorporated as Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church. It began with a confirmed membership of 141 baptized members. In 1974 a Building and Planning Committee was formed with the result being the construction of its first structure.
Rev. Ken Kotzer was called in May of 1980. The 80's were a decade of constant growth. Staff and programming were added. Cheryl Mathison and Brian Fragodt served Faith as interns during these years.
In August of 1988 Rev. David Mohn became Faith Lutheran's third pastor. Two years later a new sanctuary and office wing were constructed.
Rev. Daniel Warnes was called in August of 1993 as an Associate Pastor. In October of 1996 he joined Rev. Julie Ebbesen in forming a Co-pastorate.
November of 2005 Rev. Dale R. Peterson was called as Senior Pastor and May of 2006 Rev. Jason Okrzynski was called as our Associate Pastor.
In May of 2010 Rev. Travis Gerjets was called as our Associate Pastor.
In October of 2010 Rev. Brandy Gerjets was called as our second Associate Pastor.
The congregation has been in constant growth since its beginning. As Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church continues this trend it is excited about meeting the challenges of a growing community, and shaping a vision that will continue to reach out to its members and the Waconia area. It is grateful for the courage and foresight of those individuals who met the challenge of forming this new church.