St John's Lutheran Church


Who we are

St. John's Lutheran Church is a family of believers in Dodge County, Wisconsin. As part of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), we believe...

"We believe in Jesus Christ; He is the true God from all eternity ---- almighty, all-knowing, present in all places. He is a man from Nazareth ---weak in the flesh, fearful of future sorrow, tortured by pain. He was tempted like us, yet like we will never know; But he triumphed over temptation; he refrained from his full might and glory; he submitted humbly to the Father's will; he chose death, to give us life. We believe that our sins anger God, each one of them: big and small, public and private, those that hurt others, those that don't appear to hurt anyone, those we don't even remember.

We believe that Jesus lived and died for the sins of the world. He resisted every temptation; he reached out in love, to anyone in need; he remained pure in every thought, not just to be a good person, not just to be a good example, but to be mankind's perfect Savior and Substitute, to live the Law in our place, so that the Law will not condemn us. He submitted to shame; he suffered unjust punishment; he sacrificed Himself, not to prove a point, not just to show us how to obey, but to take mankind's sentence for sin, as our perfect Savior and Substitute. He is our sure hope and salvation. This is what the Bible says; therefore this is what we believe."

We keep these beliefs at the core of everything we do: in our preschool and Christian school, in our ministries and everyday lives. We are led in worship and study by Pastor Paul Schupmann, and run thanks to the efforts of our dedicated teachers and staff, and through thousands of volunteer hours by our generous members. If you are interested in learning more about our church, please feel free to come visit us or contact us to learn more about joining our church family.

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St John's Lutheran Church
400 S Main St
Juneau, WI 53039
United States
Phone: 920-386-3313
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Rev David T. Brandt
Rev David T. Brandt
400 S Main St
Juneau, WI 53039
United States
Phone: 920-386-3313
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Matthew 28:19

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:



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Pastor David Brandt has been our pastor at St. John’s since the summer of 2017. He is originally from St. Louis, MO. When he was 9 he moved to Arizona and later his family moved to Utah where he enjoyed exploring God’s beautiful creation in the scenery that those states offer.

After graduating from Arizona Lutheran Academy, he went to Martin Luther College in New Ulm, MN. In addition to receiving an education, it was there that he also met his wife, Heide. After marriage, they lived in Heide's home town of Saginaw, MI for a couple of years.

After college David attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI, which included a vicar year (internship) at Resurrection Lutheran Church in Aurora, IL.

After graduation from the seminary, David was privileged to serve for 9 years as a pastor at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Tomah, WI.

David and Heide have been blessed with 6 children: Max, Hailey, Ella, Lillie, Abel and Pearl. David and Heide enjoy traveling together, playing games together, and watching their children develop and grow, especially in the grace and knowledge of their Savior.

Pastor Brandt’s favorite Bible verse is Romans 8:1 “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.” He would love the opportunity to tell you why or to give you any other direction or comfort from God’s Word that he can.   Edit
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400 S Main St
Juneau, WI
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St. John’s Juneau Campus offers both street parking (wheelchair accessible with no stairs) and a parking lot behind the church with a ramp entrance (SE entrance). When entering from the parking lot, you are welcome to use the stairs or an elevator to reach the church sanctuary. Handicapped parking and visitor parking are available in the parking lot.

St. John's Salem-Lowell Campus offerings parking in their parking lots. Please enter through the Fellowship Hall (Northeast entrance) for handicapped accessibility or through the church sanctuary doors (South or Southeast entrance.)

St. John's Horicon Campus offers parking in front of the Koepsel-Murray Funeral Home. The lot is handicap accessible to the building. Please enter through the main entrance.   Edit

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6:30 PM - Juneau Campus

5:00 PM - Horicon Campus

8:00 AM - Juneau Campus
9:30 AM - Salem-Lowell
10:30 AM - Juneau Campus

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8:30 AM - Salem-Lowell
9:15 AM - Juneau Campus

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History of St John's Lutheran Church Juneau WI

Established 1873

Acts 2:42-47

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching
and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.
Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

As you consider the history of St. John's and all that has happened in over the years, you are reminded that all this has taken place and happened because St. John's and its members have, by the grace of God, placed everything in the hands of God and trusted and believed that Jesus would safely and successfully lead them through every situation they faced as individuals and as a congregation.

St. John's Lutheran Church had its beginning more than 140 years ago. In 1873 Pastor Philipp Koehler of Hustisford formed a small group of Lutherans who met in a farmhouse on County M, about two miles southeast of Juneau. In the spring of 1874 the group rented a church in Juneau. At the same time the ever-growing congregation, even though it was not organized as a congregation, bought a lot on West Oak Grove Street and built a church. The rear of the church served as a school and the second story as living quarters for the teacher. The building was dedicated on December 1, 1874. The first regular meeting of the congregation was held on January 4, 1875.

The congregation was formally organized and a constitution was presented and adopted. Nine members signed the constitution. With assistance from his son John, Pastor Koehler continued to serve the congregation as its pastor. In 1881 Pastor John Koehler accepted a call from another congregation and Pastor Philipp Koehler asked to be relieved of his work in Juneau. The vacancy was served by Pastor Muehlhaeuser of Beaver Dam. In 1882 the congregation received its first resident pastor, Theodore Hartwig. Pastor Hartwig had just completed his training for the ministry at the Seminary. Pastor Hartwig also taught school and lived in the quarters above the church. During six of his years at St. John's he also served as pastor of the newly formed congregation in Oak Grove. It was during these years that the congregation's present site on South Main was purchased. A new church and parsonage was built and the old church building was moved to the new site and used as a school. The new buildings were dedicated on October 18, 1891. It was also in 1891 that Pastor Hartwig accepted a call to Helenville. Pastor Christian Sauer succeeded Pastor Hartwig and served as pastor of St. John's for 34 years.

In 1925, the 50th Anniversary of the congregation, Pastor Sauer accepted a call to Ixonia. At this time the communicant membership had reached 476. Pastor Nommensen succeeded Pastor Sauer. It was during this time that a new school was built in 1927. The congregation continued to grow and had a communicant membership of 825 when it celebrated its 75th Anniversary in 1950. Pastor Nommensen served the con¬gregation for 29 years. When Pastor Nommensen accepted a call to Hillsboro in 1954, he was succeeded by Pastor Carl Mischke of Goodhue, Minnesota. The years of Pastor Mischke will be remembered as the time in which several building programs were undertaken and completed. 1956 was the remodeling and expansion of the school. A new parsonage was also built. In 1966 it was nec¬essary to once again expand the school facilities. The steady growth of the congregation made it necessary to build what is now the present church. The new church was built for just over $400,000 and was dedicated on September 14, 1969. Included in this project was a new home for the school principal, the moving of the other teacherage to a new site, and a new parking lot. Pastor Mischke served at St. John's until 1979, when he took over the duties as President of the Wisconsin Synod. Pastor Mischke was followed by Pastor David Priebe who served from 1980-1990. It was during this time that the present school was built at a cost of about $700,000.

The new building was dedicated on March 1, 1987. St. John's had become a part of the Wisconsin Synod Vicar Program in 1968. This continued until 1989 when it was decided to call an associate pastor. Pastor Dale Raether was called and installed in 1989. When Pastor Priebe accepted a call to Florida in 1990, Pastor Keith Ray accepted the call to St. John's. He was here until 1991. Pastor John Baumgart of Florida was then called. He accepted the call and served at St. John's until May of 1998 when he was suddenly called to his eternal rest. Pastor Raether served until 1997 and then he accepted a call to Florida. The congregation then called a former vicar, Pastor Thomas Biedenbender who was serving in Detroit, Michigan. He accepted and began serving St. John's in July of 1997.After the death of Pastor Baumgart, Pastor Doug Westenberg was called. He was installed in September of 1998 and served with Pastor Biedenbender. They served St. John’s together until 2006. In 2006 Pastor Paul Hirsch, who served in Hastings, Nebraska, was called to serve St. John’s. He accepted the call and was installed in September of 2006. In 2007 St. John’s called a graduate from the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, seminary graduate Paul Schupmann was assigned to St. John’s. He was then ordained and installed at St. John’s in July of 2007 where he currently serves as an associate pastor with Pastor David Brandt (who began his ministry at St. John’s in July 2017 from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Tomah, WI.) In 2018, St. John's started a second campus in Horicon and holds Saturday evening church services at the Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home. St. John's merged with Salem Ev. Lutheran Church in Lowell, WI in the summer of 2019 which began its third campus.

Much has happened in the long history of St. John's. Buildings have been built, torn down and replaced. Members have come and gone. But by the grace of God some things still remain the same today. His word is still being preached and taught at St. John's in its truth and purity. By the grace of God the members of St. John's still become members of God's family through the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. By the grace of God the members of St. John's still come to the Lord's Supper and receive the body and blood which Jesus gave and shed for them as assurance that all their sins are forgiven. As God has in the past 140 plus years, it is our prayer that Jesus would continue to lead us on so that we can continue to sing His praises here on earth and forever in heaven.

On behalf of the members of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, we welcome you, the newest of members, into our family here at St. John’s. May God richly bless you as you continue to grow in your faith through the regular use of God’s Word and Sacraments.

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