Mission: As Christians united and growing in the truth of Jesus, we encourage each other to mature in the privilege of sharing the glory of His cross with all people.
Meet Our Pastors:
Pastor John Ehlers Biography:
Pastor Ehlers is a 1998 graduate of Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin. He served 4 ½ years as pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church, Crandon, Wisconsin and Christ Lutheran, Hiles, Wisconsin. He then served 5 ½ years as pastor at St. Luke Lutheran, Jackson, Michigan. Most recently He served 4 years at Grace Lutheran Church, South Saint Paul, Minnesota. Pastor Ehlers has been involved in building two churches and was in charge of the Lutheran campus ministry at Michigan State University. To develop his artistic abilities he has been learning and working in the stained glass trade since he was in high school.
Pastor Ehlers is married to Susan, who is a graduate of Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan, and has continued her education in the early childhood field. They have 2 children, Eden and Adam who both attend Wisconsin Lutheran College. Pastor Ehlers enjoys spending time with his family, designing and creating stained glass, and loves to watch sports.
Pastor Benjamin Foxen Biography:
Benjamin Andrew Foxen was born to Gregory and Laurel Foxen (nee Schumann) on November 22, 1982, in Oconomowoc, WI, the youngest of four children. Shortly after his birth, his father changed jobs, and the family moved to Broken Arrow, OK. After living there for a few years, they moved to Crete, IL, where Ben spent most of his childhood years. He attended Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI, where his desire to become a pastor was fanned into flame, and where he met his future wife, Rebekah Laitinen. He went on to study at Martin Luther College and graduated in 2005. After his first year of seminary and after Becky’s graduation from Martin Luther College, they were married on July 2, 2006. They spent their first year of marriage helping the ELS mission in Plzen, Czech Republic. They then returned to the States so that Ben could finish his seminary studies. In May of 2008, they were blessed with their first child, a son, whom they named Levi. Ben served as a vicar in various congregations in Michigan from 2008-2009, and then graduated from the seminary in 2010. He was assigned to be a missionary in Novosibirsk, Russia. In late July of 2010, God gave them a second child, their daughter Kirsi. Akademgorodok became their home for the next six years, during which time Ben’s work was primarily focused on evangelism. In October of 2015, God graced Ben and Becky with yet another child, their daughter Katya. In June of 2016 Ben accepted a call to serve Cross of Glory. He and his family are excited to see how God will bless the work we do together here in Peoria!