Our History

Shepherd Of Peace Evangelical Church - Our History

Key Events in the History of
Shepherd of Peace

  • The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) decided to plant a church on the north side of the city of Columbus.
  • Pastor Richard Starr is called as the first pastor of this new congregation.
  • Shepherd of Peace” is chosen as the name of this new congregation.
  • First worship services are held.
  • Shepherd of Peace moves into its first permanent facility at 1950 Hard Road (on the corner of Hard & Smoky Row) in Franklin County.
  • Shepherd of Peace moves into its current facility.  The first worship service is held on Easter Sunday. 
  • Shepherd of Peace becomes self-supporting.
  • Shepherd of Peace votes to expand their ministry in the community through a Christian Day School.   
  • School Facility is completed and dedicated in May.
  • First teacher is called by the congregation.
  • Shepherd of Peace Christian Academy opens in the fall, with multiple early childhood programs offered.  
  • Shepherd of Peace celebrates its 25th anniversary of serving the northern Columbus community.
  • Shepherd of Peace Christian Academy ceases operation after a solid run of 11 years impacting families in our community through early childhood education.
  • The portico is added to our main church entrance.
  • The sanctuary undergoes a small renovation to add a dedicated space for music & technology.
Pastors who have served 
Shepherd of Peace

  • Pastor Richard Starr              1981 – 1986
  • Pastor Gregory Jackson         1986 – 1992 
  • Pastor Joel Jenswold             1993 – 2010
  • Pastor Stephen Kuehl            2011 – Present


For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— ~ Ephesians 2:8 (NIV)