History

March 2001

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.

November 2001

Spirit Alive!, as its founding Pastor Larry renames Kenosha Outreach West, holds its first worship services at the RecPlex in Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin.

June 2003

Spirit Alive outgrows the allotted space at the RecPlex and begins worshipping in the cafeteria of Pleasant Prairie Elementary.

May 2006

Founding members of Spirit Alive Church approve their Constitution and Bylaws, sign the charter and vote to organize as a congregation of the ELCA.

June 2006

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.

July 2011

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.

March 2012

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.

September 2012

Spirit Alive expands from the cafeteria of PPE to the gymnasium for worship.

July 2014

Spirit Alive and its praise band enter their first float in the Kenosha Veterans Civic Parade.

June 2015

Pastor Rob takes a new call at a larger congregation in the Detroit area.

July 2015

Spirit Alive’s musical float takes first place in its division of the Kenosha Veterans Civic Parade.

August 2015

The Spirit Alive Band plays an awesome set of praise songs at Fusion in downtown Kenosha.

September 2015

Spirit Alive throws an outdoor worship tailgate party and silent auction to help end homelessness in Kenosha.

March 2016

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!

July 2016

Spirit Alive’s musical float takes home a third place ribbon in the Kenosha parade.

September 2016

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.

August 2017

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.

September 2017

Our first paid youth director Donnie Lehman accepts a call with Pastor Rob’s church in the Detroit area.

October 2017

Jennifer Carlson takes a new call at a larger congregation in the Milwaukee area.

November 2017

Sue Ruehle joins Spirit Alive as interim pastor.