We recognize the contributions and endless work Pastor Joe Ellwanger has given in his life.  CLICK HERE to see the video of pictures taken by Pastor Mary Martha.  


On Sunday, February 20, we were blessed with have 4 members attend WOrship and to share a bit about their congregation.  CLICK HERE to see the information shared.  They awarded Hephatha Lutheran Church a grant that can be used to help in the promoting and publishing of Deanna and Aiden Branch's book.
Pastor Mary Martha
30 Years of Service Celebration

On October 17, 2021 we celebrated Pastor Mary Martha Kannass's 30 years of Service at Hephatha Lutheran Church.  

The recording of the virtual celebration is below. 

Here are some parts of the celebration

CLICK HERE to see the Video of Pictures and Music shared on October 17, 2021. Thank you Dave Bohl for the beautiful video. 

Celebration Recognition Letters
Bishop Paul Erickson Click Here
Pastor Carolyn Sellers Rizzo - Kingo Lutheran Click Here


Hephatha Lutheran Church takes our name from Mark 7—Jesus heals a man who is unable to speak and unable to hear with the word of prayer that gives us our name: “Be Opened.”  The man is.  We are….opened as a church to God and to our neighborhood….to you!
Hephatha began in 1913 as a neighborhood congregation formed by German immigrants.  We have been a neighborhood church our entire history, serving God and others on the north side of Milwaukee for 108 years.  In the 1960’s, Hephatha became active in the Civil Rights Movement and remained a neighborhood congregation by going from a body of largely German congregants to a body of largely African American congregants.  Hephatha remains to this day in  and of our neighborhood, a sign of how God’s care for us is particular in nature and a sign of how God calls us to be part of the community on 18th and Locust.