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.