Faith Lutheran Church
History of Faith Lutheran Church
Faith Lutheran Church was formed by the merger of two Lutheran churches in Spicer. Sharon Lutheran, a Swedish congregation was organized in 1906, built from blocks made with Green Lake sand. In 1907, the pastor's salary was $150 per year, plus a Christmas offering.
Across Harriet street, to the north, was Zion Lutheran Church, a Norwegian congregation, also founded in 1906, with its cornerstone being laid in a remodeled bank building. Here, too, the pastor's salary was meager in those early years and was supplemented with produce brought in by the parishioners. Both congregations were small, and after much talk and consideration it was decided to join together.
On July 18, 1962, the councils of both congregations met and voted on a merger, and Faith Lutheran was born on June 14, 1963. Both pastors resigned and Pastor Ronald Golberg was called to serve the congregation. It was then decided to tear down both buildings and build a new one. Harriet street, which ran between the two churches, was vacated. Sharon Lutheran was torn down on December 2, 1966, and ground breaking for the new facility was held on December 4, 1966.
On August 20, 1967 worshippers gathered one last time in the Zion Church building. From there they processed to the new church to worship. The Zion property became part of the fellowship hall and a hallway, with offices and Sunday School rooms, connected it to the sanctuary.
Today Faith Lutheran has a baptized membership of approximately 1600 members. As a church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), Faith Lutheran seeks to welcome the community to rejoice and grow in serving the Lord.
After 30 plus years on Lake Avenue, Faith Lutheran outgrew its facility. In April of 2001 groundbreaking was held for a new church located on the North End of Spicer, slightly west of Highway 23. In 2008, Phase II of the new church was completed.
Pastors who have served Faith Lutheran include: Ronald Golberg (1963-1967), Rollen Halvorson (1967-1977), Dennis Raymond (1977-1991), Diane Pederson (1981-1988), Kathryn and Mark Vitalis-Hoffman (1988-1992), Paul Idstrom (1992-1999), Scott Gjevre (1994-2003), Matt Peterson (2004-2011), Simon Fensom (2000-2013), Mark Kopka (2012-2015), Todd Nelsen (2014-present) and Seyward Ask (2016-present).
Zion Lutheran Church
Sharon Lutheran Church