Our Story

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History of Eastside

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!