Church History

History of Our Church

- Shepherd of the Lake has its roots in Hope Lutheran LCMS in Two Harbors. Hope was first organized in the homes of Leonard and Hazel Glaser and Fred and Eileen Ojala.
-Allen and Jane Krause and Ray and Netty Buschena were also charter members.
-In 1960, under the pastorate of the late Rev. Walter Bouman, 26 communicate members started Hope Lutheran parish in Two Harbors, and became a sister congregation to Faith Lutheran in Silver Bay, Mn.   
-Hope rented, then purchased the Episcopalian, the oldest church in Two Harbors, where they worshipped for 44 years until it was purchased from the synod. 
-With Hope sold and a congregational plan to move forward, members adopted the new name Shepherd of The Lake Lutheran for their church, and plans for a new location and building were begun.
-In 2004, Shepherd of the Lake began as a mission church of the LCMS and no longer was a sister church to Faith in Silver Bay.  Until a call could be made, Reverend Dennis Brostrom, pastor of Faith in Silver Bay, continued to serve the congregation.
--In July 2004 Reverend Kirk Schield began his internship at Shepherd of the Lake and in August was called by the congregation to serve as their first full-time pastor
- On August 14, 2004 Pastor Kirk Schield was installed 
- December 24th 2007 The first service was held in the newly constructed LCMS Shepherd of the Lake Church
- April 13, 2008 the completed church building of Shepherd of the Lake was dedicated.
 --The  mission statement of Shepherd of the Lake is: “Gaining Souls for Christ by reaching out to all people, young, old, rich, poor, by faithfully proclaiming God’s Word”.                          
Shepherd of the Lake’s LCMS Congregation members will have served the Two Harbor’s Christian community for 55 years in May 2015.
Rev. John C. Bonk now serves as interim pastor
Church provides the following activities:
Bible classes
Individual visitations
Adult Instruction
Intergenerational Sunday School
Church garden to provide food for the food shelf.


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