Shepherd of the Hills Evangelical Lutheran Church
Pastor William Staab, who once served Shepherd of the Hills as vacancy pastor, mades this comment, "What do you do with a group of sanctified believers who want to storm the citadels of Satan in their 'new mission' fervor? What do you do when that fervor is handicapped by the lack of a full-time shepherd? You pray a great deal."
On July 16, 1972, God answered the prayers of this congregation. Candidate Charles Clarey was ordained and installed as the first full-time pastor of this mission church. Indeed it was a rich experience of joy for both pastor and congregation - a first for both of them.
Shepherd of the Hills would be privileged by God to experience the ordinations and/or installations of five more men in the next 25 years. Pastor Dean Biebert is the current pastor.
In keeping with Jesus' great commission (Matthew 28:19-20), the Asian Ministry Center has been established by the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod to facilitate mission work to the Asian people in St. Paul, Minnesota, other communities in the United States, and in Southeast Asia. The Asian Training Center is located at Shepherd of the Hills.
Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS)
Shepherd of the Hills is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).
Wisconsin merely indicated the geographical beginnings of a group of Christians who believe, teach and confess that the Bible is the inspired and infallible Word of God, and who are united to proclaim Jesus Christ crucified and risen for the forgiveness of sins. Today, the Wisconsin Synod has its headquarters in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where it was organized nearly 150 years ago.
Evangelical declares that we believe, teach and confess the gospel message of Jesus Christ.
Lutheran indicates that we believe, teach and confess the great principles of the Bible that sinners are saved by GRACE ALONE, through FAITH ALONE, in CHRIST ALONE, on the basis of SCRIPTURE ALONE. As Lutherans, we trace our roots back to the Reformation of the 16th century. More appropriately, as Lutheran CHRISTIANS, we trace our roots back to the time of Jesus Christ, for we believe and teach what Jesus instructed His apostles to teach.
Synod states that we, a gathering of Lutheran congregations throughout the United States and Canada, "Walk Together" for the purpose of serving and sharing the one gracious Lord God.
The Wisconsin Synod is a mission-minded church. Our thank offerings help support 259 mission congregations in 49 states in America, 4 provinces in Canada and 2 Caribbean Islands. We also carry on a worldwide mission program in many countries throughout the world. We take seriously the command of Jesus Christ to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every person. We want what God wants, that "all men be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth."
(1 Timothy 2:4)
One of the strengths of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod lies in its program of Christian instruction and training. Nearly one-third of all WELS churches maintain Christian elementary education schools. In addition, there is a network of twenty-one area Lutheran high schools, two preparatory schools, one area Lutheran college, one synod-supported college, and seminary for the training of future pastors and teachers.
Prep Schools: Luther Preparatory School Watertown, WI
Michigan Lutheran Seminary Saginaw, MI
Colleges: Wisconsin Lutheran College Milwaukee, WI
Martin Luther College New Ulm, MN
Seminary: Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Mequon, WI