About Us

In 2009, Pastor Matt Henry began to meet with a group of people to explore the start of a new church in Kenosha, WI. He was pastoring a church in the community, but after spending several years trying to revive the church, he concluded the best course of action would be to let the church pass into history. This conclusion was the impetus for these initial meetings, culminating into what is commonly referred to as a “church replant.”

The driving goal was two-fold: First, to make a church that had the Word of God be the foundation and purpose of all that was done. Second, to create a church where believers would be equipped to go back into their jobs, neighborhoods, and communities with the Gospel. The church was to be a place where members could invite non-Christians to hear uncompromised, biblical teaching, and where they could be loved and accepted wherever they were in life.

In September of 2009 the first service began. Since that time, Missio Dei Fellowship has grown in depth and breadth, becoming a stable and real presence in the community for the sake of the Gospel. By eliminating many programs that are typical of churches, the people of Missio Dei are freer to be intentional in establishing real friendships with those who do not know Christ. Through teaching and Community Groups, members are built up in their faith to become a source of encouragement to one another.

One of the dreams of Missio Dei has been to grow to a point that it could multiply and plant other communities of believers in nearby areas. This dream finally came to fruition with the establishing of a second campus in the South Milwaukee County area. This campus launched Easter Sunday 2018, and is lead by Pastor Matt Miller.

Missio Dei Fellowship is a member of the Southern Baptist Convention. It is a church that loves the Gospel of Jesus Christ and is serious about knowing God through His Word. It is a church that wants to see people hear the Gospel and believe its promises. As a result, Missio Dei strives to be found faithful in creating true disciples of Jesus Christ.

Leadership

Statement of Faith

This is the doctrinal statement of faith affirmed by all who are covenant members of Missio Dei Fellowship.

The Scriptures
We believe the bible (both Old and New Testaments) was written by divinely inspired men and is God’s self-disclosed revelation to man. It is inerrant and infallible in all that it intends to communicate. Therefore, the entirety of Scripture is completely true and trustworthy for understanding the nature, purpose, and work of God, as well as the nature and state of man. It is the only source for God’s divine, supernatural, and special revelation, thus revealing the principles by which God judges and saves sinners. The Bible is the supreme standard of truth and therefore the standard by which all human conduct, creed, thought, and affection should be tried. All Scripture points to Jesus Christ, Who is Himself the centerpiece of divine revelation.

**(Exodus 24:4; Deuteronomy 4:1-2; 17:19; Joshua 8:34; Psalms 19:7-10; 119:11,89,105,140; Isaiah 34:16; 40:8; Jeremiah 15:16; 36:1-32; Matthew 5:17-18; 22:29; Luke 21:33; 24:44-46; John 5:39; 16:13-15; 17:17; Acts 2:16ff.; 17:11; Romans 15:4; 16:25-26; 2 Timothy 2:15-16; Hebrews 1:1-2; 4:12; 1 Peter 1:25; 2 Peter 1:19-21.)

God
We believe there is only one true and living God. He is the Creator, Redeemer, Preserver, and Ruler of all things in both the heavens and earth. He is eternally existent in three persons (the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) with distinct personal attributes, but without division of nature, essence, or being. He is an intelligent, spiritual, and personal being, characterized by His holiness and perfection; and for which He is worthy of all glory, honor, and praise—worship.

God the Father
We believe God as Father rules with sovereign care and faithfulness over His creation. He is all powerful (omnipotent), all knowing (omniscient), all present (omnipresent) all loving (omnibenevolent), and all wise (omnisapient).

**(Genesis 1:1; 2:7; Exodus 3:14; 6:2-3; 15:11ff.; 20:1ff.; Leviticus 22:2; Deuteronomy 6:4; 32:6; 1 Chronicles 29:10; Psalm 19:1-3; Isaiah 43:3,15; 64:8; Jeremiah 10:10; 17:13; Matthew 6:9ff.; 7:11; 23:9; 28:19; Mark 1:9-11; John 4:24; 5:26; 14:6-13; 17:1-8; Acts 1:7; Romans 8:14-15; 1 Corinthians 8:6; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 4:6; Colossians 1:15; 1 Timothy 1:17; Hebrew 11:6; 12:9; 1 Peter 1:17; 1 John 5:7.)

God the Son
We believe God as Son is the eternal Son of God and Israel’s promised Messiah, incarnated in the person of Jesus. He was conceived of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He took upon Himself human nature, identified Himself completely with humanity, yet without sin. He fulfilled the law of God in perfect obedience to the Father. His sacrificial and substitutionary death on the cross redeemed those who would believe in Him. After being buried for three days, the Father raised Him from the dead, where He took on a glorified body. After appearing to His disciples, He ascended to the right hand of the Father, where He currently reigns as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He is both fully God and fully man, effecting reconciliation as the One Mediator between God and man. He will return as judge over the world at the end of this age.

**(Genesis 18:1ff.; Psalms 2:7ff.; 110:1ff.; Isaiah 7:14; 53; Matthew 1:18-23; 3:17; 8:29; 11:27; 14:33; 16:16,27; 17:5; 27; 28:1-6,19; Mark 1:1; 3:11; Luke 1:35; 4:41; 22:70; 24:46; John 1:1-18,29; 10:30,38; 11:25-27; 12:44-50; 14:7-11; 16:15-16,28; 17:1-5, 21-22; 20:1-20,28; Acts 1:9; 2:22-24; 7:55-56; 9:4-5,20; Romans 1:3-4; 3:23-26; 5:6-21; 8:1-3,34; 10:4; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 2:2; 8:6; 15:1-8,24-28; 2 Corinthians 5:19-21; 8:9; Galatians 4:4-5; Ephesians 1:20; 3:11; 4:7-10; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:13-22; 2:9; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 1 Timothy 2:5-6; 3:16; Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 1:1-3; 4:14-15; 7:14-28; 9:12-15,24-28; 12:2; 13:8; 1 Peter 2:21-25; 3:22; 1 John 1:7-9; 3:2; 4:14-15; 5:9; 2 John 7-9; Revelation 1:13-16; 5:9-14; 12:10-11; 13:8; 19:16.)

God the Holy Spirit
We believe God as the Holy Spirit is the eternal Spirit of God, Who inspired men to write the Old and New Testaments of Scripture. The primary purpose of the Holy Spirit is to glorify the Son. He enables man to understand truth and Scripture; and brings conviction of sin, righteousness and judgment. At the moment of regeneration, the Holy Spirit baptizes every believer into the Body of Christ—the Church, and seals them until the day of redemption. He cultivates Christ-like character, comforts believers, and bestows the spiritual gift(s), by which man will edify and build up the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit empowers believers in worship, evangelism, and service.

**(Genesis 1:2; Judges 14:6; Job 26:13; Psalms 51:11; 139:7ff.; Isaiah 61:1-3; Joel 2:28-32; Matthew 1:18; 3:16; 4:1; 12:28-32; 28:19; Mark 1:10,12; Luke 1:35; 4:1,18-19; 11:13; 12:12; 24:49; John 4:24; 14:16-17,26; 15:26; 16:7-14; Acts 1:8; 2:1-4,38; 4:31; 5:3; 6:3; 7:55; 8:17,39; 10:44; 13:2; 15:28; 16:6; 19:1-6; Romans 8:9-11,14-16,26-27; 1 Corinthians 2:10-14; 3:16; 12:3-11,13; Galatians 4:6; Ephesians 1:13-14; 4:30; 5:18; 1 Thessalonians 5:19; 1 Timothy 3:16; 4:1; 2 Timothy 1:14; 3:16; Hebrews 9:8,14; 2 Peter 1:21; 1 John 4:13; 5:6-7; Revelation 1:10; 22:17.)

Man
We believe that man (both male and female) is the special creation of God, created in His own image. Therefore, human gender is part of God’s good creation, where men and women, although equal, serve complementary roles. Man was originally created with innocence of sin and freedom of choice. By his free choice, man sinned against God, bringing sin and death into the world. In doing so, man fell from original innocence and each person is now born into sin. Only the grace of God can restore fellowship between humanity and God, and thereby fulfill God’s original purpose for humanity.

**(Genesis 1:26-30; 2:5,7,18-22; 3; 9:6; Psalms 1; 8:3-6; 32:1-5; 51:5; Isaiah 6:5; Jeremiah 17:5; Matthew 16:26; Acts 17:26-31; Romans 1:19-32; 3:10-18,23; 5:6,12,19; 6:6; 7:14-25; 8:14-18,29; 1 Corinthians 1:21-31; 15:19,21-22; Ephesians 2:1-22; Colossians 1:21-22; 3:9-11.)

Salvation
We believe that in order for a person to be saved, they must stand in right-relatedness before God. The only way this right-relatedness becomes possible is through the believers union with Christ—a union whereby the believer receives the declaration of being righteous. Through conviction of sin, by the Holy Spirit, a believer responds in repentance, turning from their sin toward God, and trusting in Christ for their salvation. Genuine repentance is characterized by moral and spiritual maturity that grows in conformity to the person of Jesus Christ until a person dies or Christ returns. This salvation involves a redemption of the whole person, both body and soul. Once a believer dies, or Christ returns, the believer enters into glorification—the culmination of salvation.

**(Genesis 3:15; Exodus 3:14-17; 6:2-8; Matthew 1:21; 4:17; 16:21-26; 27:22-28:6; Luke 1:68-69; 2:28-32; John 1:11-14,29; 3:3-21,36; 5:24; 10:9,28-29; 15:1-16; 17:17; Acts 2:21; 4:12; 15:11; 16:30-31; 17:30-31; 20:32; Romans 1:16-18; 2:4; 3:23-25; 4:3ff.; 5:8-10; 6:1-23; 8:1-18,29-39; 10:9-10,13; 13:11-14; 1 Corinthians 1:18,30; 6:19-20; 15:10; 2 Corinthians 5:17-20; Galatians 2:20; 3:13; 5:22-25; 6:15; Ephesians 1:7; 2:8-22; 4:11-16; Philippians 2:12-13; Colossians 1:9-22; 3:1ff.; 1 Thessalonians 5:23-24; 2 Timothy 1:12; Titus 2:11-14; Hebrews 2:1-3; 5:8-9; 9:24-28; 11:1-12:8,14; James 2:14-26; 1 Peter 1:2-23; 1 John 1:6-2:11; Revelation 3:20; 21:1-22:5.)

The Church
We believe the true Church is composed of true believers that are associated in the faith and fellowship of the Gospel; observing the two ordinances of Christ, pursing both individual and corporate sanctification, exercising the spiritual gifts, and on mission to make disciples of Jesus Christ. The corporate Church becomes visible in local expressions, where individual believers are covenanted to one another in love and unity.

**(Matthew 16:15-19; 18:15-20; Acts 2:41-42,47; 5:11-14; 6:3-6; 13:1-3; 14:23,27; 15:1-30; 16:5; 20:28; Romans 1:7; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 3:16; 5:4-5; 7:17; 9:13-14; 12; Ephesians 1:22-23; 2:19-22; 3:8-11,21; 5:22-32; Philippians 1:1; Colossians 1:18; Hebrews 11:39-40; 1 Peter 5:1-4; Revelation 2-3; 21:2-3.)

The Ordinances (Baptism and the Lord’s Supper)
We believe that water baptism is the initiatory rite of all believers into the Church during this present age. We affirm “believer’s baptism,” where baptism is reserved for those who have professed faith and a conscious trust in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. This water baptism takes place subsequent to a credible profession of faith. We also believe the Lord’s Supper is the ongoing rite of all believers within the church during this present age. We affirm the Lord’s Supper is a memorial; a time in which all baptized believers reflect on what Christ accomplished in the shedding of His blood.

**(Matthew 3:13-17; 26:26-30; 28:19-20; Mark 1:9-11; 14:22-26; Luke 3:21-22; 22:19-20; John 3:23; Acts 2:41-42; 8:35-39; 16:30-33; 20:7; Romans 6:3-5; 1 Corinthians 10:16,21; 11:23-29; Colossians 2:12.)

Resurrection
We believe in the bodily resurrection of the dead. The believer is resurrected unto judgment, then into the presence of the Lord, marked by everlasting blessedness. The unbeliever is resurrected unto judgment, then into eternal separation from the Lord, marked by sadness, pain, and suffering.

**(Job 19:25-26; Luke 13:27-28; 24:36-43; John 5:28; Acts 17:31-32; 1 Corinthians 15:20-24; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18; 2 Thessalonians 1:8-10.)

The Return of Christ
We believe in the personal, physical, visible return of Jesus Christ, which will mark the end of this present age. His return will be established by an earthly reign, culminating in the restoration of all things.

**(Isaiah 2:4; 11:9; Matthew 16:27; 18:8-9; 19:28; 24:27,30,36,44; 25:31-46; 26:64; Mark 8:38; 9:43-48; Luke 12:40,48; 16:19-26; 17:22-37; 21:27-28; John 14:1-3; Acts 1:11; 17:31; Romans 14:10; 1 Corinthians 4:5; 15:24-28,35-58; 2 Corinthians 5:10; Philippians 3:20-21; Colossians 1:5; 3:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-18; 5:1ff.; 2 Thessalonians 1:7ff.; 2; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1,8; Titus 2:13; Hebrews 9:27-28; James 5:8; 2 Peter 3:7ff.; 1 John 2:28; 3:2; Jude 14; Revelation 1:18; 3:11; 20:1-22:13.)

I have served as pastor to Missio Dei Fellowship from its inception. I have had the distinct joy of bringing the Word of God to the people of God on a weekly basis. I am married to Kim since 1984 and we had the privilege of raising four children, all who are grown and married. We are awash in grandchildren and delighting in every moment of it. I was trained for ministry at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, CA where I received my M.Div. Currently I am the primary preaching pastor and am also the one responsible for the bulk of developing the vision and goals of Missio Dei. For relaxation and pleasure I am both a reader and woodworker, creating sawdust to the glory of God.

I have served as a pastor at Missio Dei Fellowship since 2015. I was married to Lydia in 2011, and have one daughter, Naomi Rose. She is our joy, and we love her very much. I received my M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and am the Lead Pastor for our Milwaukee campus. For relaxation and pleasure, I enjoy trim carpentry, writing, and sometimes golf. Teaching and preaching is my privilege, but seeing the Gospel transform lives is my joy.

Born and raised in the Milwaukee area, my wife Melissa and I have been attending Missio Dei since 2010. We both had the privilege of growing up in Christian homes and coming to know Christ at an early age. We both went to the same high school, Heritage Christian, but did not know this until we went on our first date! I studied history at Wisconsin Lutheran College, and work in Business Intelligence, which is the art of making data understandable. I enjoy baseball, fishing, board games, as well as reading history and theology. Our three children, Ian, Elyse, and Cameron, keep us busy. Since attending Missio Dei, we have grown by leaps and bounds, and are blessed to serve here.

Esme and I made Missio Dei our home in 2000, and we have served actively since. Currently, I serve as an elder at Missio Dei, and I am involved in various ministries. I am an electrician by trade. Esme and I are raising four young men: Josiah, Nathan, Joshua, and Samuel. My joy is in building relationships, encouraging others, and seeing them grow by the grace of God.

Holli and I live in Greendale, Wisconsin with our four wonderful children, Lincoln, Shea, Timothy, and Peter. Since that time, I received a J.D. from Marquette University and work as a criminal prosecutor at the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office, while my wife works as a paraprofessional at our children’s school. Not having been raised in a Christian home, I came to Christ in my teenage years, and later met Holli as we attended college together at UW-Parkside. After proposing to Holli in the college library (you had to be there), we married and joined Missio Dei in 2009, both coming from charismatic backgrounds, and have since grown immensely in our trust and reliance on the word of God. In our spare time, we enjoy reading, hanging with friends, and visiting Milwaukee’s various beer gardens and music festivals (mostly for the polka).

I am the associate pastor at Missio Dei. My wonderful wife Liz and I have been married for 44 years. We have one great son and sweet daughter-in-law, who we are privileged to serve with at Missio Dei. We have three precious grand-kids who keep us young. My main responsibilities at Missio Dei are oversight of our community groups and Offering Hope to the City, our biblical counseling ministry. I am a certified biblical counselor with the Association of Biblical Counselors (ACBC, formerly NANC)) and the International Association of Biblical Counselor (IABC). My academic credentials include an Associate Degree in Biblical Studies from Moody Bible Institute, a Bachelor Degree in management\communication from Concordia University and a Master’s Degree in biblical counseling from Master’s Divinity School. My personal interests are reading history, especially American History, theology and on occasion historical novels. I enjoy computer wargames, blogging, historical miniatures painting, baseball, summer fishing and biking with my wife.

I (Laena) serve as the Worship Arts Director for Missio Dei Fellowship in Kenosha, and Mark serves as the Sound Engineer and manages all of the media Missio Dei produces. We have been involved in Music Ministry for most of our lives, having both been raised in the Church and gifted with a love and talent for music. We served together in youth band, but were reacquainted at Missio Dei a few years later, and were married the following summer of 2011. The whirlwind continued with our two boisterous girls (Quinn and Penelope), and our sensitive boy (Rhys) stuck in the middle, all born within a three-year span. They fill our days with much entertainment. For the entirety of our early years of marriage and parenting, we have been counseled and cared for by the people of Missio Dei. We love to serve our church, and we have a passion for God’s Word. I love writing modern hymns, and we spend most “dates” recording them. We enjoy our quiet-times together, listening to our favorite musicians while playing cards or reading; all the while enveloped by the constant smell of pine and saw-dust produced from Mark’s workshop.

Since 1985, my husband Tom and I have been members of this church. We have three grown children, and we are now blessed to be able to watch our grandson happily run through these same hallways. The Lord has called us to fill many roles here throughout the years, but my favorite has been as the church secretary. I love the people of Missio Dei, and I feel blessed to be a part of the ministry here.

Originally from Milwaukee, I received my degree in Accounting and my CPA license before moving to Kenosha. Shortly before marrying my husband David, we were both called to Christ and began attending Missio Dei a few years later. I currently enjoy serving our Lord and our church as Treasurer of MDF.

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