a picture of Rose Glen Elementary School sign where we meet

About Living Word

Living Word started as a few families in the Waukesha area wanting to keep our belief that all of the Bible is God’s Word and to tell people about the forgiveness Jesus has won for them, but to worship in a more modern style. We started meeting in 2003 for Bible study and prayer, and soon held services at Rose Glen Elementary School, which is where we have been now for almost 15 years.  Rose Glen has been so great to us over the years, allowing us to grow into a small congregation with 75 families and over 220 committed members.  In these years we’ve concentrated on building relationships in the Waukesha community and sharing the good news of salvation through faith alone in Jesus Christ.

God has blessed us tremendously!  But we know that he has more blessings to pour out as we reach more people to renew or begin a relationship with Jesus.  We purchased 7 acres of land in 2008, and have since paid it off.  We are now ready to build our first facility that will be used for worship on weekends, but will be used by the community all week long as well.  We plan to build a coffee shop for small groups, a counseling center, a youth group area to serve Waukesha West students primarily and all high school students in general after school, and education rooms for our Faith Quest ministry for children age 3 – grade 8.

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Our Pastor, John Borgwardt

I grew up in Waukesha, WI, attending Trinity Lutheran School and Wisconsin Lutheran High School. After graduation, I went to Northwestern College for pastoral studies where I began studying Greek and Hebrew as well as theology and history. After receiving my bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, I attended Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, WI. While there, I was also privileged to serve a one-year internship at Divine Word Lutheran Church in Plover, WI. I graduated with honors from seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree and received my first call to Good Shepherd, Kearney, NE, where I served for 5 years. I then accepted a call to my hometown of Waukesha because I was excited to start a new mission congregation at Living Word, and being closer to family was a blessing as well.

While touring with the Seminary Choir, I met my future wife Sara—and definitely married up! We’ve been married (read: she’s put up with me) for 20 years, and the Lord has given us three amazing children: Emery, Nathanael, and Judah. I enjoy history and reading and going to the Boundary Waters for serious camping. I also love to see how Waukesha has changed and grown since I was a kid, meeting new people, and especially sharing the hope we all have in Jesus. I’m excited to see what the Lord will do through our congregation, which is filled with so many people who love their Savior and want others to know him too.


Our National Church Body

The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) is a cooperating group of congregations headquartered in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Since 1858, WELS has been working together to do, as a whole, what individual congregations cannot do. They train pastors, teachers, and other ministerial staff. They send missionaries all over the world. They publish excellent theological and practical resources for the church. They do considerable relief work wherever there is need. Living Word is proud to be a member congregation in the WELS.

What We Believe

Living Word is a Christian church that believes the only way to know God is through Jesus Christ, God’s Son, whom God sent into the world to be our Savior. We also believe that the Bible is the only place to find reliable and authoritative teachings about the true God, who is the Triune God – the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – as well as about any truth he wants us to know. As a result, we look to the Bible to seek the truth in every situation we find ourselves in, and since we believe that truth is from God and so doesn’t change, we can trust it completely.

To find a summary of the teachings of the Bible, from baptism to prayer to judgment day, click here, and God bless your study of his Word!

Want to know more?

If you want to know more about Living Word and how a relationship with Jesus will change your life, give Pastor John a call at 262-347-9673.