Our History



In 1974, five families came together to worship in Hill City. The first service was held in the American Legion Hall in September. The original building, used for hay storage on the Gillette Prairie area, was purchased in 1978. It was moved to Hill City and located by Hall Mart, which today is Krull’s Market. To prepare for our permanent home, the men of the church cut trees and hauled them to Hamm’s Saw Mill where they were stripped and cut into tongue-and-groove boards. The resulting build is now our chapel.

On December 6, 1981, one hundred nineteen baptized members were received as charter members of this new mission congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, formerly the American Lutheran Church.


With the congregation growing, a step forward was taken with the purchase of 4½ acres, the call of a pastor, and the move of the building. Our current sanctuary and basement were constructed on the acreage in 1984. A two-bedroom house was donated and moved to the property in that same year.

Our pavilion opened up for outdoor worship this summer. We enjoyed this and other outdoor events in this new structure.