A Legacy of Faithfulness
In 1855, a group of 13 families from the community of Plymouth began to hold monthly worship services. We met in school buildings and in farm houses until a church building of our own could be constructed. We were supported by other congregations until we could grow large enough to support ourselves. The pastor rode in a horse and buggy to visit people living in the area. We spoke German and were originally known as Evangelische-Lutherische St. Johannes Gemeinde.
Wow! So much has changed. And so much has stayed the same. For over 160 years, thousands have called downtown Plymouth their spiritual home as, together, we proclaim God’s Word and reach out into the community with service and love.
Since 1864, we have committed ourselves to nurture and grow generations of leaders. From a one-room schoolhouse to a large student body - Our Lutheran School provides a safe and loving Christian atmosphere to children in PreK 3 through 8th Grade with extended Child Care. St. John Lutheran School is a state-recognized school that also carries a voluntary accreditation through the National Lutheran School Accreditation (a rigorous process that requires verification of ongoing improvement).
We partner with families to provide our students with a strong spiritual and academic foundation giving the advantages they need to succeed in high school, college and beyond. Each child is a precious gift from God, is loved and respected by our staff, and is blessed by our Lord who teaches us each day.
In 2006, we formed the Tree of Life Retreat Center. Located about six miles from downtown Plymouth on a seven-acre site in the Kettle Moraine area, we provide opportunities for learning, reflection and small group ministry. The Tree of Life Retreat has a rich history of providing life-changing encounters with the living God for people all ages.
Since 2007, we have intentionally partnered with families to strengthen and support marriages, parents and children. A dedicated group of individuals work with couples and families, from all walks of life, to find effective ways to resolve conflict, improve communication and enhance relations within families. God continues to do amazing work through educational classes, marriage retreats, small group bible studies and other opportunities as families grow strong in the Lord.
In 2015, we were determined to be leaders in sharing the Gospel with others. In collaboration with other ministry partners, we brought in a missionary-at-large to work among Sheboygan County’s growing Hispanic community. Lord willing, new congregations will be established and many more will come to know Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
From one generation to the next, we have responded to the amazing blessings of the Lord, possessed a consistent willingness to take risks and have boldy lived out the faith of Jesus Christ. God has so richly blessed us in the past and does so even today. We're excited to see Him work - for good - in the days ahead!