Christ the King Lutheran Church Combined Locks WI

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About Christ the King Lutheran Church

What We Believe

What is Christ the King?
Christ the King is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the largest and most moderate of Lutheran denominations in the USA.

What do Lutherans Believe?
Lutherans are Christians who believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We believe Jesus Christ is the Word of God, and, through the Bible, God speaks words of correction (law) and good news (Gospel). We cling to God’s promises, that we are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus Christ. (Eph. 2:8-10) We come to worship expecting God to meet us exactly where we are. We believe that God calls believers to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8)

Who are the members of Christ the King?
Over half of the congregation is made of people who were not Lutheran. Many were raised Roman Catholic, Wisconsin or Missouri Synod, other denominations, or didn’t have a strong church background as children. Our members have a variety of family styles – married, single, single parent, etc. 35% of our people are under the age of 20 (hence our emphasis on children and youth programs!) Members live throughout the Fox Valley. We are a place where people of different faith backgrounds have found a new church home.

What is expected of a church member?
To grow as a Christian and follower of Jesus Christ. To that end, the church will help you grow in the spiritual disciplines, such as:

Regular prayer and Bible reading
Regular and faithful Worship
Sharing of your time, abilities, and money to support the work of the church.

Growing Your Faith
Members of Christ the King take advantage of parish and outside opportunities for growth, including day and evening Bible Study, prayer groups, pre-marriage workshops, marriage enrichment groups, new member orientation groups, parenting classes, Promise Keepers rallies and accountability groups, Via de Cristo retreats, and much, much more!

Christ the King’s Mission
To be a Christ-centered people, where members, staff, and pastors share leadership, so that everyone feels needed, and feels like they belong.

Location of worship

Christ the King Lutheran Church
Christ the King Lutheran Church
601 S Washington St
Combined Locks, Wisconsin 54113-1333
United States
Phone: 920-788-6492
Fax: 920-788-9440

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Church Pastor

Rev. Nate Gauerke
Rev. Nate Gauerke
601 S Washington St
Combined Locks, Wisconsin 54113-1333
United States
Phone: 920-788-6492
Fax: 920-788-9440

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Quote of the Day
Job 22:21

Acquaint now thyself with him, and be at peace: thereby good shall come unto thee.


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Worship is the foundation upon which we build our faith and our commitment to serve. At Christ the King, we offer a variety of worship styles. Although different in approach, each attempts to help you deepen your faith and relationship with Jesus Christ. Worship here is casual, yet meaningful, refreshing, and empowering. The sacrament of communion is celebrated at all services, bringing cleansing, forgiveness, and the promise of salvation. Worship is at 8:30 & 10:15 am on Sundays.

Liturgical Worship – Sunday morning, monthly.
Liturgy helps us connect with our church heritage, yet we use contemporary music and prayers.

Healing Services – 4th Sunday of the month.
During healing services, you can receive special prayers for situations in either your own life, or that of your friends and family, where healing is needed. It can be physical, emotional, or spiritual healing. We believe God is present and merciful and responds to prayer in powerful ways.

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We also offer special services throughout the year to enhance the experience of worship. Some of these include services with guest musicians that share a music and faith story.   Edit

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History of Christ the King Lutheran Church Combined Locks WI

History of Christ the King Lutheran Church

Christ the King has a 35-year history of being part of the Fox Valley area. Our story began in 1980 when Pastor Steve Nelson was called by the Lutheran Church in America (it would later merge with the American Lutheran Church to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America of which we are currently a part) to begin a church in the Darboy area which was projected to grow in the coming years. Pastor Steve, began my knocking on doors and visiting homes to bring together a group of people to form Christ the King Lutheran Church. Our first worship service took place in the gym of Jansen Elementary School and we continued to worship there for our first several years together.

In just a few short years, the gym at Jansen no longer fit the needs of the people who gathered on a regular basis, but a more permanent home was needed. A plot of land along HWY N was bought and plans of building were designed and funded. In 1985, the people of Christ the King led a parade down Wallace Street and up HWY N to their new location to begin worshipping in their new location.

As people were actively living out their faith in the Darboy community they naturally attracted new people who wanted to find out what was happening during worship and to have their children learn about the love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. Along with this natural attraction, new homes were being built in the area and so more people filled the building. Therefore, in the mid-90’s, an expansion to the sanctuary was built along with a fellowship hall and Christian Education classrooms (this is the building we currently have).

At the same time, there was a projected population growth in the Sherwood area. The people of Christ the King said, “If we built a church once, we can do it again.” Therefore, Pastor Steve along with other members once again began knocking on doors. A new gathering of people began in 1996 and Pastor Doug Bisbee was called to work alongside Pastor Steve in leading these two locations, but one people, in their faith.

In 2000, Pastor Doug became Associate to the Bishop of the East Central Synod of Wisconsin (the synod to which we belong in the ELCA) and Pastor Bill Schroeder was called to help lead the people of Christ the King. Not long after, the people who gathered in Sherwood grew to the point of them needing their own building and so they built in 2002. Then, as the community grew so did the church and Christian Education classrooms were added in 2009. During those years of growth in Sherwood and in Combined Locks, Pastor Steve took a new call in the Twin Cities area and Pastor Doug returned to Christ the King (2004).

In 2009 Pastor Doug switched careers. He moved from ordained ministry to pursue a career as a counselor. At this time Pastor Tim Krick was called to work alongside Pastor Bill. In the pursuing years, the people of Christ the King were faced with a question. Are we “one church in two locations” or have we become “two churches”? In 2012, when Pastor Bill took a new call in northern Wisconsin, the people of Christ the King addressed this question. We decided that it was time to go from a “parent-child” relationship, to one of “sister churches.” The people in the Sherwood location had formed their own identity and it was time to bless them and release them as their own church. They formed their own church council and called Pastor Doug Holtz as their pastor. You can find out more about them at

At that time, Pastor Tim remained at the original location (Combined Locks, WI) and the church continued to grow. Our belief has always been that we are not about “growing” the church, but rather about “being” the church. We believe, that if we be the church in our lives, growth will naturally occur. This has occurred, and due to this growth, a second pastor was needed. Pastor Nate Gauerke was called to work alongside Pastor Tim in 2015.

In addition to the preceding, there have been numerous interns. Christ the King has considered itself a “teaching congregation” in many ways. It has provided the atmosphere and environment for pastors and members alike to experiment and try new ideas and ministries. We have never been a community that has said, “This is how we have always done it and that is the way we will always do it.” We believe in a sense of history that guides us into the future and not one that anchors us in the past.

At this point in time, we are looking at renovating and expanding our building once again so more people can hear about and experience the transforming love of God revealed in Jesus Christ. We don’t know what the future will hold, but we trust it will be good. We trust this because wherever we are led and whatever happens, God will be with us. If you have read this far, we would love to have you be with us also as we live into the promised future of God.   Edit

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