Founded: February 1st, 1994
Location: Dorr, Michigan
Synod: Lutheran Church Missouri Synod
District: English District
On November 2,1993, a small group of Christians began meeting with the thought of forming a mission congregation in southern Kent County and northern Allegan County. With help from Grace Lutheran Church, Wyoming, and their Senior Pastor, the Reverend Noble Lach, the group began Bible study. With many prayers and meetings the group became Epiphany Lutheran Church on February 1, 1994. The group had grown to 35 members and held it’s first worship service at the Dorr Elementary School on February 13, 1994. On September 25, 1994, Epiphany became a chartered congregation. Sixty-six people signed the Charter and a Junior Charter was arranged for the children.
The group continued to grow. The church constitution was approved and accepted on July 9, 1995, and became a legally incorporated congregation in the State of Michigan on August 17, 1995. On November 5, 1995, we celebrated the Rite of Reception into the English District, Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.
A building fund was started. We began looking for land on which to build a sanctuary and in 1996 land was purchased in Dorr, Michigan. November 22, 1998, ground was broken for the $1,000,000 building including a sanctuary seating 240, classrooms, restrooms, kitchen and fellowship hall. Dedication of this edifice was held on September 26, 1999.
In October 1999, Pastor Lach, who had been serving us as Missionary at Large, retired. A call committee was formed and on Christmas Eve 1999, the Rev. Dr. Charles R. Hogg, Jr., accepted the call to serve the congregation. Pastor Hogg, was installed in the afternoon worship service on February 6, 2000. Among the highlights of his ministry among us have been growth in knowledge and understanding of biblical doctrine and appreciation for Lutheran liturgical practice. When Pastor Hogg’s ministry to us concluded in 2005, we were blessed with the loving ministry and leadership of our interim pastor, the Rev. Mark Pflug. With Pastor Pflug’s guidance and support we were able to focus on our future, grounded in God’s grace and calling. In 2006 we called seminary candidate Jonathon Krenz to be our shepherd. Pastor Krenz was ordained into the Holy Ministry and installed as our pastor in a special afternoon service on June 18, 2006. On March 19, 2017, Epiphany Called Rev. Ryan Beffery to be our new pastor. He accepted the Call April 23, 2017 and was Installed as Pastor June 4, 2017.