Pastor Mark Walters
Alleluia Church Council
|Vice President||Joe Stradel|
|Elder Director||Wayne Schinke|
|Education Director||Kathryn 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.
In May 2017, Pastor Aaron Hutton accepted a call to a new church, and Alleluia began the process of calling a new pastor.
On Jan 21, 2018 Pastor Mark Walters was installed as the third pastor to serve Alleluia Lutheran Church. Pastor Mark was born in Milwaukee, WI and raised in Brown Deer, WI. It was an encounter with an intern at his home church that was the Holy Spirit’s spark for Mark to pursue the pastoral ministry. In 1993, he was awarded a B.A. in history and Biblical languages. In 1997, he graduated with an M. Div from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. But God’s grace, Pastor Mark has been privileged to serve congregations in St. Paul, MN, Girard, OH, Maribel, WI and Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
In 1994, Pastor Mark and his wife, Marleah, a graduate of UW-Masdison’s school of nursing, were married. God has blessed them with 4 amazing children, Jason, Madalyn, Julia and Olivia. Pastor Mark has a passion for preaching and teaching others about the freeing power of God’s grace in Christ.
When he’s not engaged in pastoral ministry, Pastor Mark loves working out and attempting to play a crazy game known as golf. His greatest joy, however, is simply hanging out with his family and doing life together.
Pastor Mark feels incredibly privileged to become part of the family of faith at Alleluia Lutheran Church, and he looks forward to seeing how God might use him to bring hope and healing to hurting and searching people in Greenleaf/Wrightstown, and the surrounding region, “one soul at a time”.
His favorite verses: Revelation 2:10 – his Confirmation verse “Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.” and Romans 8:38-39 – his wedding day text “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor future, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Jesus Christ our Lord.”
In his first year Pastor Mark has set himself the goal of getting to know the families of Alleluia. “I want to get to know each family on [their] home turf… to understand the opportunities God has placed before us as a family of faith”.
In 2021, Alleluia Lutheran Church will celebrate our 20 year anniversary, committed to being “a community of celebrating Christians whose joy it is to know Jesus and make Him known”.