History of Pilgrim Lutheran
History of Pilgrim
1956 Pastors of Circuit One send a letter to the North Wisconsin District, urging the open of a
mission in the rapidly growing southwest side of Green Bay.
The Mission Board selects a sight on Military Avenue bounded by Langlade and
Biemeret Streets. A chapel is erected and eventually to serve as a parsonage.
1957 Rev. Harold Brauer and Vicar Evan J. Temple from Redeemer Lutheran Church attend
the first organizational meeting which selects the name Pilgrim Lutheran Church.
The Mission Chapel at St. Agnes Dr. and Biemeret St. is dedicated on March 24, 1957.
Rev. William A. Heidel is called to serve as Pilgrim’s first full time pastor and is
ordained and installed on August 11, 1957.
Pilgrim has a membership of 41 baptized and 18 communicants.
1960 A decision is made to build a new sanctuary
1963 A new sanctuary is built at the present site, 1731 St. Agnes Dr., and dedicated on April
1964 Rev. Heidel accepts a call to Salinas, California.
Rev. Daniel E. Zielske is installed on May 10, 1964.
1966 In June a Preschool is established.
1968 Rev. Zielske accepts a call to Des Plaines, Illinois.
Rev. Orlan G. Zuberbier is installed as on November 10, 1968.
1969 A new home-style educational center is erected to meet the needs of an over-crowded
Sunday School. It is dedicated on November 9, 1968.
This center is later used as a parsonage and teacherage. Today it is our Daycare Facility.
1976 An educational wing consisting of eight classrooms and a gymnasium is added and
dedicated on June 13, 1976.
1977 Northeastern Wisconsin Lutheran High School is formed and uses the facilities at Pilgrim
1979 On June 6, 1979, John Hagge is installed as Director of Christian Education to meet the
educational needs of the congregation and work with the youth.
1981 Mr. Norman Riemer is called to be Pilgrim’s first Principal and is installed on August 30,
On September 2, Pilgrim Lutheran School opens its doors to 47 students in grades
Kindergarten through Third. The Board of Education sets up the goal that each year the
school would add another grade until all grades are fulfilled.
1984 It is decided that an Associate Minister is needed. Rev. Donald R. Oldenburg is called as
Pilgrim’s first Associate Pastor and is installed on June 17, 1984.
Rev. Zuberbier accepts a call to New Richmond, Wisconsin.
Plans are made for a school addition to handle the increasing enrollment of students.
1985 Rev. Peter M. Peitsch is called from the Fort Wayne Seminary and is installed on July 28,
The new addition to the school is dedicated on October 27, 1985. This addition consists
of six new classrooms, offices, teacher’s workroom, restrooms, and sickroom.
1986 In September, Pilgrim Lutheran School begins its year with all grades. The school has
grown to be one of the largest in the North Wisconsin District with an enrollment of 305
from Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth Grade.
.1988 Pastor Peitsch resigns from Pilgrim.
At the end of the school year in June, Mr. Riemer retires and moves to Milwaukee.
Pilgrim Lutheran School is accredited by the National Lutheran Schools Association.
Mr. Eugene Fiedler is installed on August 28, 1988 as Principal.
1989 Rev. John L. Spangler is installed as Associate Pastor on February 5, 1989.
1992 Pastor Oldenburg accepts a call to North Carolina.
A call is extended to Pastor Spangler to become the Senior Pastor of Pilgrim.
1993 The retired Rev. Carl Ehrfurth joins Pilgrim and serves part-time is various ways.
Rev. Gregory Hoffman is installed as Associate Pastor on September 19, 1993.
1998 Cherie Theis is called to be the Director of Youth Ministry.
Rev. Bruce Blocker is contracted for limited Pastoral Service.
2000 Pastor Spangler accepts a call to Spring Grove, Illinois.
Mr. Gene Fiedler retires at the end of the school year.
Mr. Ken Longmire is installed as principal.
Mr. Bob Natzke joins Pilgrim Lutheran Church to serve as lay minister during the
2001 In January, Pastor Hoffmann resigns as Associate Pastor.
Pastor Scott Malme is installed as Lead Pastor on September 9, 2001.
2002 Pastor Hal Toenjes is installed as Associate Pastor on August 8, 2002.
2003 In September, Pilgrim opens its Daycare.
2004 Members of our congregation, Matt Baye and Matt Makela are contracted for Summer
Pastoral Intern services.
2005 D.C.E. Cherie Theis is married and moves to Enterprise, Alabama.
2006 In June, Adam Parvey begins his service as Pilgrim’s first Vicar.
In August, Ben Venteicher begins his service as Director of Christian Education Intern.
2007 On March 25, 2007, Pilgrim holds its first worship service at a second site in the Howard
In August, Matt Canaday begins his service as Pilgrim’s second Vicar, and Adria
Himmler begins her service as Director of Christian Education Intern.
Pilgrim celebrates its 50 th Anniversary and on November 11, dedicates a new church
facility which includes a sanctuary as well as eight rooms for classroom and meeting
space. The former sanctuary becomes the Fellowship Hall.
Pilgrim has a membership of 2134 baptized and 1605 communicants.
2008 In August, Michael Nielsen begins his service as Pilgrim’s third Vicar.
2009 In August, Jonathan Ripke begins his service as Pilgrim’s fourth Vicar.
2010 In August, Adam Koglin begins his service as Pilgrim’s fifth Vicar.
2011 In August, P.J. Stohlman begins his service as Pilgrim’s sixth Vicar.
2012 In August, Andrew Wilson begins his service as Pilgrim’s seventh Vicar.
2013 In August, Joshua Reifsteck begins his service as Pilgrim’s eighth Vicar.
Pilgrim purchases the former Suamico Village Hall at Lakeview and Harbor Lights Road.
The first worship service at the new site is held on December 1.
2014 In August, Lee Hopf begins his service as Pilgrim’s ninth Vicar.
2015 Mr. Ken Longmire retires as principal at the end of the school year.
On June 7, Mr. John Schultz is installed as Principal and Rebekah Schumacher is
installed as Director of Youth Ministery. .
In August, Nathan Spaulding begins his service as Pilgrim’s tenth Vicar.
Pilgrim Lutheran School becomes a part of Wisconsin School Choice.
2016 Pastor Toenjes accepts a call to Bakeresfield, California.
In August, Daniel Ondov begins his service as Pilgrim’s eleventh Vicar.
2017 Pastor Michael Hanson is installed as Associate Pastor on August 2017.
In August, Joshua Grotelueschen begins his service as Pilgrim’s twelfth Vicar.
2018 In August, Colin Moon begins his service as Pilgrim’s thirteenth Vicar.
Pilgrim has been richly blessed with a membership of 2598 baptized and 2110
Pilgrim Lutheran School has an enrollment of 230 from Pre-Kindergarten through Eighth