Jerico Lutheran Church
The walls of the biblical city of Jericho came tumbling down, but Jerico Lutheran Church is well-established. The church has served as a meeting place for the community for over 100 years, and visitors who step through its doors are stunned by its architectural beauty.
Christian education is very important to us, including the education of the youth. The children of our congregation attend Sunday School, sing in church regularly, and put on a special Christmas program each year. Our pastor also leads a Catechism Class for junior high and high school youth, which culminates in Confirmation.
Our Youth Group meets for events through the year and has the opportunity to attend local camps and a national youth convention in the summertime. Our Ladies Aid and Men’s Club groups meet each month for Bible Study, fellowship, and event planning. The Ladies Aid hosts a special dinner each year emphasizing the congregation’s Norwegian heritage.
The ELS enjoys church fellowship with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Along with other Lutheran church bodies around the world, the ELS and WELS are part of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC).
Jerico has enjoyed a long partnership with Saude Lutheran Church and shares a pastor with them. In 2018, these congregations formed a three-point parish with Redeemer Lutheran Church in New Hampton. To learn more about us, please click the links below and visit our History page.
Jerico celebrated its Sesquicentennial (150th) Anniversary on June 25, 2017.
150th Anniversary Exordium – Pr. Glenn Obenberger
150th Anniversary Sermon – Pr. Craig Ferkenstad
1867-1869 — U. V. Koren (pictured)
1869-1889 — J. C. T. Moses
1889-1895 — J. G. Ness
1895-1903 — Karl Xavier
1903-1909 — J. G. Rugland
1909-1922 — M. K. Bleken
1923-1940 — H. M. Tjernagel
1940-1945 — N. S. Tjernagel
1946-1957 — M. H. Otto
1958-1971 — M. E. Tweit
1972-1979 — G. A. R. Gullixson
1979-1982 — Timothy E. Erickson
1983-1988 — Glenn R. Obenberger
1988-1995 — Mark E. DeGarmeaux
1995-2006 — Kent E. Dethlefsen
2006-2015 — Daniel E. Larson
2016-pres. — Peter J. Faugstad
Jerico Lutheran School Teachers:
1947-48 — Theodore Aaberg
1948-51 — Joan Gilbo (Krueger)
1951-52 — Esther Petersen (Faugstad)
1952-53 — Corrine Hoefker (Schoer)
1953-55 — LaVonne Bodirius (Grauer)
1955-57 — Irma Speerschneider
1957-58 — Marshall Handberg
1958-60 — Stanley Holt
1960-61 — Ione Lillegard
1961-62 — Alice Knutson
1962-63 — Kenneth Fossen
1963-65 — Diane Natvig (Skaaland)
1965-67 — Pamela Scheidel (Davis)
1967-70 — Judy Tostenson (Teigen)
1970-72 — Camilla Dashcund
1972-74 — Alona Steffen (Knutson)
1974-75 — Carol Weber (Kraepel)
1975-77 — LaRue Jans (Heyn)
1977-78 — Sarah Aaberg (Mehlberg)
1978-79 — Karen McCreary (Huffman)
1979-81 — Carol Graham
1981-82 — Alona Knutson