Our Savior has been a gospel outpost on Milwaukee’s North Shore since the congregation was officially organized in 1933. The original structure was a combination chapel and school on West Silver Spring Drive. By the 1940s it became apparent that a newer and larger structure was necessary for the growing congregation. In 1949 a new church building was dedicated at 6021 N. Santa Monica Boulevard. A large education wing and fellowship hall was added in 1969. At the congregation’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2008, a newly installed, 19-rank pipe organ was dedicated to the glory of God with thanks for 75 years of God’s grace in Christ Jesus.
Pastor Michael Henrichs grew up in Iola, Kansas. He has degrees from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN (BA 1991) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO (M.Div.1995, STM 1996). The first seven years of his ministry were spent in South Dakota. He has served as pastor at Our Savior since November, 2003.
Pastor Henrichs has completed several writing assignments for Concordia Publishing House, including several sections of Study Notes for “The Lutheran Study Bible” (2009). He has periodically served as an adjunct instructor at Concordia University—Wisconsin. He and his wife, Rachel, have been blessed with two children (terrific teenagers). Pastor Henrichs enjoys cooking and plays the organ. He is an avid runner and can often be seen darting through the Village of Whitefish Bay in the early morning hours.
Ben Culli is a 1997 graduate of Concordia University – Chicago. He earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree and studied organ under Thomas Gieschen and Steven Wente. Ben also played French horn in the Concordia Wind Symphony under the direction of Richard Fischer. After graduating, he served as high school and grade school band director for the Lutheran Education Association of Houston, and as general music instructor, children’s choir director and adult hand bell choir director at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Houston. He has been organist at congregations in the Chicago, Houston and Milwaukee metropolitan areas.
Ben is currently employed as Senior Editor – Keyboard Publications at Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, WI, and also serves as organist and choir director at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, LCMS, in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. He is an active composer of music for organ, choir, chamber ensembles and concert band. His work has been published by Augsburg Fortress Publishers, Concordia Publishing House and MorningStar Music Publishers. Ben resides in Germantown, WI with his wife, Heather, and their three children, Rachel, Nathan, and Leah.
Our congregation accepts all the books of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired and revealed Word of God. We believe that the Bible is, therefore, the only rule and norm for faith and life. We also believe that the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, contained in the Book of Concord, present a true exposition of Christian doctrine drawn from Holy Scripture.
Worship at Our Savior is according to the historic Liturgy of the Church. In this Liturgy God serves us with the very gifts of heaven: His life-giving Word and Sacraments. Services at Our Savior are not designed to entertain or to push emotional buttons, but to prepare broken and repentant sinners to receive these gifts of Word and Sacrament, and to know the truth of the incomparable riches of the grace showered on us by our gracious and loving Heavenly Father. In this Liturgy we join in communion with Christians throughout the ages in the worship of the eternal, triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
To learn more about our confession of the faith, please join us for the Divine Service and/or Bible study.
For more information on what we believe, feel free to check out the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod website below:
Church membership begins with Holy Baptism in the Name of the Triune God. Through the sacrament of Holy Baptism, God works forgiveness of sins, rescues from death and the devil, and gives eternal salvation to all who believe. Jesus has mandated His church to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them . . . and teaching them to observe all that He has taught us.
Prior to being received as members, any adult or child not familiar with the doctrines of the Evangelical Lutheran Church will first be instructed (catechized) by the Pastor. Such persons will then make confession of their faith in the rite of Confirmation.
Persons who hold membership at other sister LCMS congregations may be received into membership after submitting a letter of transfer from their former congregation.