Mark Walters – Interim Pastor
Alleluia Church Council
|Vice President||Joe Stradel|
|Elder Director||David Lich|
|Properties Director||Kevin Wieland|
|Christian Outreach||Megan Peterson|
History of Alleluia
Alleluia is a daughter congregation of Bethany Lutheran Church of Kaukauna. In 1997, evangelistic outreach was focused on Wrightstown. Mentored by Bethany’s pastor, Walt Steinbach, and in partnership with the North Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Bethany renovated a rented storefront and called it the “Wrightstown Ministry Extension Center”. It was staffed by a series of three pastoral interns from Bethany: Dave Dukovan, Dan Iwinski, & Jeff Duncan. Long-range plans were developed by a special Task Force, and Bethany volunteers blessed the effort with hands-on ministry.
In March of 2000, Bethany requested full-time assistance to intensify development of this promising Wrightstown initiative. Pastor Robert Selle, the district’s Mission Facilitator, accepted the challenge. Together with his wife, Penny, he moved to the village in July as “Missionary at Large to the Wrightstown Area”. Five years later, “Pastor Bob” accepted a divine call to be Alleluia’s first pastor.
To better identify this growing community of believers, a name was chosen: “Alleluia Lutheran Church”. On July 15, 2001, a Constitution and Bylaws was ratified. Formal incorporation with the State of Wisconsin under Chapter 187 followed. On October 21, 2001, Charter-Member Sunday was celebrated, and Alleluia was accepted officially as a new member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
In 2003, a thirteen acre parcel of land was purchased in the Town of Wrightstown, with 1000 feet of frontage on Highway 96, located one mile east of the Wrightstown high school. On Sunday, May 13, 2007, after months of prayers, planning and preparation, ground was broken to initiate construction of Alleluia’s new church. It was completed by Thanksgiving of that same year, and on December 2, 2007, Alleluia’s beautiful new facility was dedicated to the glory of God.
On Sunday, June 7th , 2009 Aaron Hutton was ordained into the holy ministry, and installed as associate pastor of Alleluia Lutheran Church. The church is located on Highway 96, halfway between Wrightstown and Greenleaf. In May of 2009, Pastor Hutton was awarded a Master of Divinity degree from Concordia Seminary in St. Louis MO. This is his first call. Officiant for the occasion was Pastor Joel Hoelter, president of the North Wisconsin District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Reading the Gospel was Rev. Dennis Lassanske, pastor of Hutton’s home congregation: Trinity Lutheran Church in Muskegon, MI. Pastor Robert Selle retired on December 31, 2009 and Pastor Aaron Hutton was installed as sole Pastor of Alleluia Lutheran Church on January 1, 2010. On April 13, 2014, Alleluia broke ground on Phase II. This addition opens up classrooms for Sunday School and Vacation Bible School, a youth room and further ministry space. We are excited for the future ministry at Alleluia.
Alleluia’s mission statement aptly describes this young congregation as “a community of celebrating Christians whose joy is to know Jesus and make him known.”