The Lord has truly blessed Holy Cross these past 133 years. 

In 1883 Pastor Fredrick Brunn found several families gathered around the standard of confessional pure Lutheranism.  He organized these families into a congregation and served it for

12 years, making the trip, by team from Strasburg.

Reverend P. Kolb, Rev. G. Groth, Rev. Martin Daib, Rev.
C.J. Borders, Rev. Julius Nickel, Rev. Max Krueger, Rev. E.M. Frentzel, Rev. T. Thieme, Rev. J.C. Schuelke, Rev. M.F. Obendorfer, Rev. Hallerberg, Rev. P.F. Plunkett, Rev. A.W. Brustat, Rev. L.F. Brighton, all served the congregation known

as “St. John of Shelbyville” until 1943.

In 1943, Pastor M. L. Dake was assigned to Shelbyville.  In that year a parish house was built next to the church building.  The name of “St. John’s of Shelbyvile” was changed to “Holy Cross”. 

Rev. M.J. Schliebe served from 1949-1953; Rev. O.F. Krupski, 1953-1956; Rev. K.F. Boetcher, 1956 to 1965; Rev. Richard Matthies, 1966-1977; Rev. E. Fenton, 1978 to 1980; Pastor John Johnson was here a few months in 1980, and Rev.
Allen Fanning 1980 to 1995; Rev Wade Helmkamp 1995-2017,  Rev Wray Offermann, interim pastor, from August 2017 to June 2019, and current Pastor Nathan P Woolery from June 2019 to present.

A five acre tract was purchased on North 10th Street in March of 1960 and a parsonage was built that same year at that location.

In 1981 a planning committee made a thorough study and then made recommendations for the present church building. 

July 30, 2017 was Pastor E Wade Helmkamp's last sermon as our Pastor.  We had a great worship with 225 in attendance, a program to honor Pastor with words from Gene Mars, Chuck Hubbartt, Mrs Geraldine Larson, Ben Spaulding, and Linda Banning;  Joe Readnour (bagpiper) played Amazing Grace, the kids spelling out P*A*S*T*O*R and it's meaning and then the presentation to Pastor Wade & Rose of a trip to Germany in September 2017 for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation! This was followed by a great meal and fellowship with one another!!

August 6, 2017 - Rev. Wray Offermann was our Interim Pastor during our search of a new minister!  We were very blessed to have Rev Wray and his wife Carolyn with us during this transition!  (August 6, 2017-June 23, 2019)

June 9, 2019 - We will celebrate Pastor Wray being with us for the past 22 months as we have found a new shepherd to lead us.

June 16, 2019 - Father's Day.  Pastor Nathan Woolery who has accepted our call to be our next Pastor will lead us during Worship.

June 23, 2019 - Pastor Nathan Woolery was installed at Holy Cross at 2 pm.  Pastor Wray Offerman lead the worship and Pastor Nathan's father-in-law gave a great message on the "Workings of the 3 W's" (Work, Worship and Witness)!!

March 22, 2020 - May 31, 2020:  The whole world is facing a pandemic with the COVID19 virus.  We began Facebook Live Worship Services on Sundays with Pastor Nathan, Facebook Live Bible Study on Sunday with Pastor Nathan and Drive Thru Communion.  All corporate worship services and activities within the building have been suspended, except for the Facebook Live events.

June 5&6, 2020 -  Saturday & Sunday we are able to begin worship services within the building again.  Precautions are being taken to keep everyone safe with social distancing with every other pew being used, masks being worn, no bulletins-only screens, offering in back of sanctuary, no children's message, no staff in nursery, no close contact, no social gathering inside the building (we have a great parking lot to gather in outside the building), no coffee and no donuts..  We pray for the country that we can soon have this COVID19 behind us and be able to gather once again as a congregation without all the precautions in place.

Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021 - The ribbons have been lifted off the pews and we're welcoming all prior members and any new members to return.  God is good, and He will see us through this transition in returning to church fully with no restrictions!

With the Lord’s blessing and guidance, Holy Cross has grown from the five families in 1883 to the present membership of 349.

Pastor Wray Offermann

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Holy Cross Lutheran Church

Pastor E Wade Helmkamp

Church History at Holy Cross 1883-2020

Pastor Nathan Woolery

Top Photo: Pastor Boetcher

Bottom Photo: Pastor Krumski