Our Story

Cross Lutheran Church began in 2015 when Bethlehem Lutheran Church of Sun Prairie, WI merged with Mission Hill Lutheran Church of Waunakee, WI with a plan to birth a new congregation in the Community of Bishops Bay.  Beginning with a core group of 35 members, a Saturday evening worship service was held in a local high school auditorium.

In August of 2016 we transitioned from Saturday evening worship in a local auditorium to Sunday morning worship in the Clubhouse building in the Community of Bishops Bay, between the cities of Waunakee and Middleton, WI (just outside of Madison).  Not long afterward, we began reaching out to the surrounding community through our children and family ministries.

In December of 2020, after nearly a year of meeting on Saturday evening at Bethlehem Lutheran in Sun Prairie, we started a campaign to build our own church on our own property.  It was during Covid, so we were met with mixed opinions, but it felt like the right time. We needed a space to spread out and call our own. By May of 2021, we’d met our necessary monetary goals for pledges.  In fact, we reached our stretch goal, and then we met our miracle goal. 

In the fall of 2021, we built a church.