Welcome to All Peoples Church!

All Peoples was founded in 1991 as a multi-cultural congregation rooted in the Harambee community. We remain an anchor in the neighborhood, carrying on the mission of Jesus started at that site in 1906.

As we continue to grow, we remain committed to the place we are rooted, we have also become more than a "neighborhood church". We drawing from all parts of the city and throughout the greater Milwaukee area for both membership and partners in ministry.

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Our Mission
Growing Hope and Justice by Embodying Christ's Love in Community.
Our Core Values
  • Honoring the Image of God in All People
  • Gathering to Worship Jesus
  • Active Spiritual Growth for All People
  • Food Justice for All
  • Walking with Our Neighbors in Service & Solidarity

We Believe:

We are told in scripture that faith without works is dead and we see that most clearly in the living, teaching, healing, dying, and rising of Jesus Christ.  All Peoples is committed to living, in word and deed, an active faith that shares the good news of the Christ's saving love.

We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion every Sunday and everyone, without exception, is welcome to partake in this amazing gift of grace! Because it is Christ's table, it is open to all.

In an effort to help all feel welcome at the table, we offer grape juice and both regular and gluten-free waffers. There are also pre-packaged communion elements for anyone who feels most comfortable with that option.

We all share in this one bread and one cup to experience the fullness of God's presence.

We celebrate holy ground through the care of our buildings, the reclaiming of vacant lots for our garden and orchard and by our commitment to the city.

Racism corrupts all aspects of society in the USA. It is the product of sin, power, and privilege, embedded in systems of oppression. As a multicultural congregation, we are committed to dismantling racist structures in the church and supporting efforts to create a more just society.

All Peoples as an "RIC" congregation makes a declaration that all people - gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, cis-gender and heterosexual - are welcomed and affirmed in our congregation. We recognize the unique gifts that LGBTQ+ people bring to a fuller expression of God and the body of Christ. We hope that you will bring your full self to this community!

All Peoples is a welcoming congregation striving toward the goals of the 2012 concordat. We pledge to welcome migrants into our community with love and appreciation. We will work through accompaniment to help migrants thrive in their new community.

An excerpt from the Concordat for Companion Synods drafted in November 2012 in San Salvador, El Salvador.

We recognize that the theme of migration between nations is complex, transcending the pastoral and diaconal work that we do in the churches. Regardless, we are called to reflect profoundly, ethically, morally, spiritually, and pastorally, seeking alternative responses to the great needs of this sector.

We recognize the intense efforts that others have made in this area, the accomplishments they have achieved in the arenas of organization, and the respect for the urgency of the situation. However, much more is required in order to overcome the serious problems experienced by migrants before, during and after they reach their destinations. Our roles need to include orientation, accompaniment, education and the demand for holistic justice.

We are sure that the problem of migration has its roots in the lack of real opportunities in the areas of employment, education, security and recreation that are aggravated by the poverty, misery and marginalization that characterize the migrants' country of origin and that require them to immigrate to the United States and other countries seeking the "American Dream," too often at the cost of their own lives and their families, and saddest of all, without the certainty that they will achieve their goal.

For this reason, we have come together in El Salvador under the theme: "Because the earth is God's creation, no one in any part of the world is illegal."

Meet Our Staff

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Anna Lamer
  • Office Manager
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Brian Bolling
  • Interim Food Minister
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Susan Holty
  • Garden Educator & Ministry House

Leadership Team

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Chris Verkaik
  • President
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Jamie Cronce
  • Secretary
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Connie Jackson
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Sarah Spotts
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Brian Bolling
  • Interim Food Minister
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Tim Muth
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About the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3 million members in about 9,000 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of "God's work. Our hands.," the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA's roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther. Learn more at ELCA.org.

Thriving in Partnership

All Peoples Church is a mission church and we depend on the support of partners. While we could not do the ministry we do without the ongoing financial support of congregations and individual partners, we also wouldn't want to do ministry without partners. We are blessed by sisters and brothers with other experiences, blessed as we share stories together, blessed as we pray and eat together.  

All Peoples is also partnered with our companion synod, the Lutheran Church in El Salvador and particularly Los Heroes de Fe.

If you would like more information, please contact the church office. You can also invite members from All Peoples to attend worship with you.

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