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"Faith exists so that each Disciple will Know Jesus, Grow in His Word, and Share His love with all."

OUR HISTORY, FAITH, and STAFF

For 50 years, the people of Faith Lutheran have been following the path of scripture by gathering together for study, prayer, fellowship, and the reception of the sacraments in order that we may be strengthened in our faith as well as to encourage one another as we serve our Lord in the Chippewa Valley.

Like all journeys of faith, it has been memorable for its joys and sorrows. We remember the times of celebration and laughter as well as the tears of grief. Dear friends have departed from our company and always will be remembered. New friends have joined us in our fellowship, and we welcome them.

Anniversaries give us an opportunity to pause and reflect on where we have been. The challenge is not to get mired in the past. That was then. This is now. And the future is yet to come. As we reflect on how the past has molded us and brought us to this place, let us look forward to the future. Let us look forward with anticipation and expectation. Christmas is a day when we look forward to unwrapping and revealing the gifts under the tree. The future for us is like Christmas for we get to unwrap and behold the manifold blessings God bestows upon us, blessings like friendship, support, care, encouragement, and spiritual growth.

We know what the past has given us. We look forward to the future of promise because we are traveling with our Savior and Lord. God's great blessings continue to be with all the members of Faith for many years to come.

Our STAFF

Rev William C Plautz

REV. WILLIAM C. PLAUTZ

Pastor Bill Plautz grew up Wausau, WI where he attended Lutheran elementary schools for eight years. Telling his parents at the age of six that he wanted to be a pastor, he entered the ministerial preparatory high school and Concordia Junior College in Milwaukee. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Psychology degree from Concordia Senior College in Fort Wayne, IN in 1977. That same year, he entered Concordia Seminary and graduated in 1981 with a Masters of Divinity.

Pastor Plautz married Rosemary Bernhardt at Trinity Lutheran Church in Freistadt, WI in 1977. They have two children. Their daughter, Allison, lives in Lake Hallie with her son Brecken and son Chris and his wife Julie live in Conroe, TX.

Pastor Plautz's favorite pastimes include golf and bow hunting. His favorite work passion is preaching the good news of what God has done for this world in Jesus.

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Valerie Brooks

Valerie Brooks

Director of Youth and Family Ministry

Valerie grew up in central Wisconsin, graduating from Nekoosa High School in 2007. She then continued on to college at Concordia University in St. Paul with a major in pre-law. After about a year in that program, she knew that God was telling her to go in to ministry. After spending several years in theology and Christian ministry programs at Concordia Wisconsin and Concordia St. Paul, she finally graduated from St. Paul in 2014 with a degree in Christian ministry.

Valerie and Corey were married in 2012 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church in Wisconsin Rapids, WI. They moved to Chippewa Falls from the Twin Cities at the end of 2013 and have been living here with her family since then.

Some of Valerie's hobbies include nature photography, singing, and spending time with her and Corey's families. Valerie has always had a passion for studying world religions and cultures. She enjoys working with the family ministries in the church, as well as doing outreach in the community.

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HISTORY

1954: Two seminary students canvassed the Chippewa Falls area, found a suitable location, and the first worship service and Sunday School was held. The name of Faith was selected and the constitution and by-laws were adopted. Rev. C.J. Cizek of Gleason became our first pastor.

1955: Charter membership was closed with 61 members and the Ladies Society was organized. Congregation was incorporated under the laws of the state of Wisconsin. Received into membership of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Construction of parsonage and worship facility began.

1956: Dedication of parsonage and worship facility. Began operating a concession stand at the Northern Wisconsin State Fair.

1964-66: Due to growth, a new worship facility was built and the old worship facility was converted to a parish hall. No longer needing district financial support, Faith became self-supporting.

1971: Pastor Cizek moved to Forestville and Pastor Dan Seng joined us.

1976: Pastor Seng moved to Michigan and Pastor Ronald Hoffman joined us.

1977-78: A young mother's group began Faith Christian Preschool.

1982: Earl Katt became the first Director of Christian Education.

1984: Our 30th anniversary was celebrated, the Labor of Love banner was installed in the sanctuary, tape ministry began, and the kitchen was remodeled.

1986: Pastor Hoffman moved to Minnesota and Pastor William Plautz joined us.

1988: Associate Pastor Jones joined us.

1990-91: Pastor Jones moved to Green Bay and Timothy Klinkenberg joined us as Associate Pastor.

1992: Due to persistent water problems, the bell tower was removed. Sanctuary received new flooring.

1993: David Reineke became Director of Christian Education.

1997: Bell tower, designed by a member, is installed on front lawn.

1999: The 5,500 sq. ft. addition for new classrooms, youth/choir room, offices, narthex, and libary was completed.

2001: Vicar Craig Mathews joined us as Associate Pastor.

2004: Our 50th anniversary

2005: December Congregation paid off the mortgage for the new addition.

2006: New hymnals were purchased

2007: The organ was renovated, the sanctuary was repaired, a projection system was purchased, the Fellowship Hall was remodeled, a room was created off the sanctuary for families with children, and we began serving meals at Agnes Table.

2008: A new governance model and participation in the Family Friendly Partners Network is approved. The church received an sizable estate and created an endowment to fund mission projects.

2010: Pastor Craig Mathews moved to Florida.

2011: Michael Kipp joined us as Director of Christian Education for Youth and Family Ministry.