Our History

Our History 1964 – Present

“Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures through all generations.”  —Psalm 145:13

1964    LCA Board of Missions calls Rev. Joseph Lewandowski to organize a new congregation. First worship service is held in the basement of Tn-City National Bank.
1965    St. Stephen the Martyr is officially organized with 71 adults and 63 children on Palm Sunday, April 3
1966    Ground is broken for a new church building near 51st & College Avenue.
1967    Church dedication.
1968    New pipe organ dedicated on Reformation Sunday.
1970    St. Stephen the Martyr joins with 6 area congregations to form H.O.L.I.E. (Housing for Low Income Elderly Organization)
1973    St. Stephen the Martyr becomes self-supporting, no longer subsidized by LCA.
1980    “We come together in Word and Sacrament that we might go to Live and serve in the grace of Jesus Christ our Lord” approved as Mission Statement
1980    Congregation sponsors Laotian refugee families
1990    St. Stephen the Martyr celebrates 25 years of serving the Lord.
1991     Saturday night service at 5 pm introduced.
1992    Mortgage is paid off 4 years early through special offerings
1994    Pastor Lewandowski retires after 30 years of faithful ministry at St. Stephen the Martyr.
1995    Pastor Charles Brummond accepts call to become pastor.
1996    Congregation votes to proceed with Church Building proposal.
1998    Church addition and remodeling began in June; Dedication held in November.
2000    Pastor Brummond accepts call to Norway Lutheran Church.
2001    Pastor Gail Brodersen-Heins accepts call to St. Stephen the Martyr.
2005    SSM celebrates 40 years of serving the Lord!
2012    Char Guiliani was hired as the new Shard Ministry Coordinator
2013    Pastor Gail Brodersen-Heins retires
2013    Pastor Suellen Myers agrees to be our Interim Pastor (August 2013-2014)
2014    Pastor Brian Hooper accepts call to SSM

2014    SSM receives a facelift!  A new carport/canopy is added
2015    St. Stephen the Martyr Lutheran Church celebrates its 50th Anniversary!

Service Times

No in-person gatherings or worship until March

Saturday, 5 p.m. Worship
Sunday, 9:30 a.m. Worship
Sunday School, 9:30 a.m. (Sept. thru May)


6101 S 51st St
Greendale, WI 53129
Phone: (414) 421-3543
Fax: (414) 421-3543

Daily Bible Verse

Direct my footsteps according to your word; let no sin rule over me.