Eastside Ev. Lutheran Church was founded on October 1, 1925. Rev. Theo Thurow, the pastor at Peace in Sun Prairie, had canvassed the east side of Madison after seeing a ripe harvest field for a mission congregation. Eastside started with 15 members. The Lord blessed his Word and after only eleven years the congregation numbered 435! Eastside has been as large as 1,100 members, however Eastside has also be active in starting mission congregations in nearby communities so that the gospel can continue to be spread. Our current membership is right around 900 souls.
Eastside has been blessed by God’s grace to maintain faithfulness to God’s Word. This faithfulness is due in great part to the pastors whom our Lord has called to serve and lead us.
Pastor Gervasius W. Fischer 1925-1934
Pastor Theophil H. Mahnke 1935-1946
Pastor Reginald A. Siegler 1946-1954
Pastor Karl G. Bast 1954-1980
Pastor Paul S. Soukup 1980-1990
Pastor David A. Kipfmiller 1981-1988
Pastor Harold E. Wicke 1989-1992
Pastor Glen F. Schmiege 1988-2016
Pastor Kenneth A. Gast 1990-2007
Pastor Michael T. Novotony 2007-2014
Pastor Nathan H. Berg 2015-Present
Pastor Peter R. Schlicht 2017-Present
The organizational meeting for Eastside was held on October 1, 1925 at the home of Mr. Charles Strobush at 2644 E. Dayton St. His home also served as the location of our worship services for two months. The Mission Board had purchased three lots on the northeast corner of East Mifflin and North Streets and had begun building a chapel with a seating capacity of approximately 200 people. By December 13, 1925, work had progressed far enough for services to be held in the basement. On February 14, 1926, the chapel was finished and dedicated. This building served the congregation faithfully until 1964.
On July 1, 1960, the congregation purchased an eight acre site, upon which our church, school, and parsonage still sit. Architectural plans were approved in the summer of 1963. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on September 15, 1963. The cornerstone was laid on March 29, 1964 and the building was dedicated on June 21, 1964. By the summer of 1965, the new parsonage was ready to be occupied and in the fall of that year, the new school opened. Additions to the building were added first in 1977 and then later in 2005.
Our Church currently operates a Christian Day School for 3K-8th grade. We have nine full-time teachers and an enrollment of over 150 3K-8. We also offer childcare before and after school for children who are part of our school family.
God has blessed his Word at Eastside for over 90 years. We pray that he will continue to bless his Word, as he has promised, for many years to come. To God alone be the glory!