One of the greatest joys in the 50 year life of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church has been to “birth” new communities of faith. Early in 2002, Pastor Per Nilsen, the Pastor of Evangelism at Prince of Peace, together with a group of courageous disciples, were blessed on their way to Rosemount to begin Community of Hope Lutheran Church. Sending dozens of families into this new mission adventure, the faith community there grew into a strong reflection of God’s grace and the mission of the church.
In the summer of 2006, Pastor Steve Bonesho, then a disciple at Prince of Peace, finished his education at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, and returned to his home turf to start another mission community in the Credit River Township, just a dozen miles south west of the Burnsville area. Steve is growing leaders at both River of Joy Lutheran Church as well as St. Mary Magdalene Lutheran Church in Savage.
We celebrate that God calls us together to share the stories of what God is doing among us and then sends us out in mission to impact the world. We continue to give thanks that God is inspiring new leaders in every place and time to share the good news of Christ. As Prince of Peace Lutheran Church celebrates 50 years of mission and ministry, we give thanks for the remarkable ways that the communities around the region and the world have been impacted.