St. Mary’s leads a collaborative effort of other ELCA Lutheran congregations in Kenosha (St. Paul’s, St. John’s, Grace, Trinity, Lord of Life and Holy Nativity) to form a new mission start Kenosha Outreach West in the Kenosha area west of Green Bay Road. They pool some initial startup funds and convince the Bishop in Milwaukee to send a pastor for the new mission.
Spirit Alive!, as its founding Pastor Larry renames Kenosha Outreach West, holds its first worship services at the RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.
Spirit Alive outgrows the allotted space at the RecPlex and begins worshipping in the cafeteria of Pleasant Prairie Elementary.
Founding members of Spirit Alive Church approve their Constitution and Bylaws, sign the charter and vote to organize as a congregation of the ELCA.
ELCA Milwaukee Synod officially receives and welcomes Spirit Alive as a new congregation and the Spirit Alive Band leads a loud and spirited contemporary worship service at the closing ceremonies.
Spirit Alive bids a sad, fond farewell to Pastor Larry, Lucinda and their whole family as its founding pastor moves on to take a new call at Dr. Martin Luther Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
Spirit Alive calls Rob Zahn as its new pastor. Rob brings his experience with leading youth, his own youthful energy and dynamic preaching, as well as his musical talents to Spirit Alive. As an extra bonus, Rob’s wife Brenda Zahn brings her music and teaching talents.
Spirit Alive expands from the cafeteria of PPE to the gymnasium for worship.
Spirit Alive and its praise band enter their first float in the Kenosha Veterans Civic Parade.
Pastor Rob takes a new call at a larger congregation in the Detroit area.
Spirit Alive’s musical float takes first place in its division of the Kenosha Veterans Civic Parade.
The Spirit Alive Band plays an awesome set of praise songs at Fusion in downtown Kenosha.
Spirit Alive throws an outdoor worship tailgate party and silent auction to help end homelessness in Kenosha.
Jennifer Carlson accepts a call to become the new pastor for Spirit Alive. She brings a passion for nurturing and expanding Spirit Alive’s efforts at reaching out and serving the community, especially the ELCA Outreach Center in Kenosha. There’s not much she won’t do to help others-including hard work, bike riding, braving the cold, or even dying her hair green!
Spirit Alive’s musical float takes home a third place ribbon in the Kenosha parade.
Spirit Alive throws a Neighborhood block party provided uplifting music, an inspirational speech by local wrestling coach Jerril Grover, food for over 500 people, and nearly 1000 pairs of shoes for those in need.
Spirit Alive signs a 3 year space sharing agreement with St. Paul’s substantially solving a nagging setup and teardown issue that had plague Spirit Alive in other rental spaces and burned out our volunteers.
Our first paid youth director Donnie Lehman accepts a call with Pastor Rob’s church in the Detroit area.
Jennifer Carlson takes a new call at a larger congregation in the Milwaukee area.
Sue Ruehle joins Spirit Alive as interim pastor.
Cindy Aasen joins Spirit Alive as interim pastor.
Kevin Beebe accepts call to become the new full time pastor for Spirit Alive! Kevin is driven by an understanding that God’s Love is constantly breaking into our lives, pulling us into deeper relationship with the Divine and the rest of creation. He is drawn to the ways God’s grace trusts us into the world to live out God’s justice and proclaim that the Kin-dom is at hand.