History of Reformation

  History of Reformation  
HISTORY OF REFORMATION EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH
 
In the 1970’s, the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) Mission Board was asked to consider establishing a mission congregation in the Genesee Township area.  Exploratory services were held at Magee Elementary School in Genesee Depot. In early 1978, officers were elected, the first sacramental service was held, and members chose the name,  "Reformation Evangelical Lutheran Church". In the fall, worship services and Sunday School classes were held in the basement of the Genesee Depot Professional Building.  With consistent attendance of 40 – 60 members, full mission status was granted.
 
In 1979, the congregation purchased a pair of four acre lots on the southwest corner of County Hwy D & E.  The parsonage was ready for Pastor Duane K. Tomhave in 1980.  In 1981 the congregation became self-supporting and dedicated its new 100 seat chapel.  Pastor Wayne A. Meier accepted the congregation’s call in 1985.
 
The original church had just one classroom.  In 1991, members expanded the building to include a large fellowship hall, a warming area, two separate classrooms, and two offices. The Harter Memorial storage building was completed by the congregation in 1997.
 
In 2001, a committee was formed to explore options for a low maintenance church exterior. In 2002, the committee became a building committee to pursue the dream of a larger church with a low maintenance exterior for the entire building. The congregation was well informed and highly involved in the many decisions that needed to be made.  In 2004, the congregation voted to proceed with the construction of a new narthex, a sanctuary with seating for 300 worshippers and a pipe organ, the remodeling of restrooms to exceed handicap accessibility standards, and many changes to education/fellowship wing.  With God’s blessing and help from the congregational family, the chapel was furnished and cleaned in time to host the funeral service for a founding member in January, 2005.
Pastor Wayne A. Meier faithfully served the Reformation family for over twenty-nine years. He retired in June of 2014.  Thank you to Pastor Meier and his wife, Kathy, for their many years of devoted service to Reformation!