Risen Savior Ev. Lutheran Church
Manteno, Illinois
About Us
Pastor Kevin Werner was born and grew up in Green Garden Township just north of Peotone, Illinois. He attended Peotone schools and graduated from high school in 1983. He then attended Concordia University-Wisconsin in Mequon, Wisconsin and graduated in 1987 with a Pre-Seminary Degree in Biblical Languages and a minor in music with a concentration in organ performance.

Kevin then attended Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana and graduated in 1991 with a Masters of Divinity. He did his vicarage at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Windom, Minnesota. In 1991 Pastor Kevin Werner was called to Bethel Lutheran Church in Round Lake, Minnesota. He served there until April of 2002. In April of 2002, he accepted the call to be the Pastor of Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Manteno, Illinois.

On November 24, 2001, he married Sheryl Whiting. They have 2 children., Anna Grace and Luke Gene.

Risen Savior Ev. Lutheran Church began in the fall of 1989 when interested Lutherans started planning a new congregation. Their first worship service was on September 9, 1990. Risen Savior is a congregation of the Northern Illinois District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. This is one of the largest Lutheran bodies with churches throughout North America and partner missions and churches throughout the world.

Mission Statement:
Risen Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church: people created by God the Father, claimed by Jesus Christ the Son of God, and commissioned by the Holy Spirit of God through Word and Sacraments. We glorify the Name of Jesus by reaching out with the Gospel and acts of Christian love to the people of Manteno, Peotone, the surrounding communities, and the whole world.

What We Believe

With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.
Being "Lutheran," our congregations accept and teach Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three short phrases: Grace alone, Scripture alone, Faith alone.

Grace alone
God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly.

Faith alone
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him.

Scripture alone

The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine.

The word "Synod" in The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod comes from the Greek words that mean "walking together." It has rich meaning in our church body,because the congregations voluntarily choose to belong to the Synod. Diverse in their service, these congregations hold to a shared confession of Jesus Christ as taught in Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions.

The congregations of the Synod are "confessional." They hold to the Lutheran Confessions as the correct interpretation and presentation of Biblical doctrine. Contained in The Book of Concord: The Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, these statements of belief were put into writing by church leaders during the 16th century. (The simplest of these is Luther's Small Catechism. The Augsburg Confession gives more detail on what Lutherans believe.)

Adapted from A Week in the Life of The Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod, copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House.

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