What We Believe

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" John 3:16

About Us

What We believe

Our congregation accepts all the books of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired and revealed Word of God. We believe that the Bible is, therefore, the only rule and norm for faith and life. We also believe that the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, contained in the Book of Concord, present a true exposition of Christian doctrine drawn from Holy Scripture.

Worship at Our Savior is according to the historic Liturgy of the Church. In this Liturgy God serves us with the very gifts of heaven: His life-giving Word and Sacraments. Services at Our Savior are not designed to entertain or to push emotional buttons, but to prepare broken and repentant sinners to receive these gifts of Word and Sacrament, and to know the truth of the incomparable riches of the grace showered on us by our gracious and loving Heavenly Father. In this Liturgy we join in communion with Christians throughout the ages in the worship of the eternal, triune God—Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

To learn more about our confession of the faith, please join us for the Divine Service and/or Bible study.

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Our story

Our Savior has been a gospel outpost on Milwaukee’s North Shore since the congregation was officially organized in 1933. The original structure was a combination chapel and school on West Silver Spring Drive. By the 1940s it became apparent that a newer and larger structure was necessary for the growing congregation. In 1949 a new church building was dedicated at 6021 N. Santa Monica Boulevard. A large education wing and fellowship hall was added in 1969. At the congregation’s 75th anniversary celebration in 2008, a newly installed, 19-rank pipe organ was dedicated to the glory of God with thanks for 75 years of God’s grace in Christ Jesus.

Pastor and Staff

Pastor Henrichs

Pastor Michael Henrichs grew up in Iola, Kansas. He has degrees from Concordia University, St. Paul, MN (BA 1991) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO (M.Div.1995, STM 1996). The first seven years of his ministry were spent in South Dakota. He has served as pastor at Our Savior since November, 2003.

Pastor Henrichs has completed several writing assignments for Concordia Publishing House, including several sections of Study Notes for “The Lutheran Study Bible” (2009). He has periodically served as an adjunct instructor at Concordia University—Wisconsin. He and his wife, Rachel, have been blessed with two children. Pastor Henrichs enjoys cooking and plays the organ. He is an avid runner and can often be seen darting through the Village of Whitefish Bay in the early morning hours.

Pastor Wohlrabe

Pastor John Wohlrabe was born in Mankato, MN, and lived in several other midwestern states growing up, including Missouri, Michigan, South Dakota, and Illinois. He has degrees from Concordia College, Ann Arbor, MI (BA 1978) and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO (M. Div. 1981, STM 1982, ThD 1987, DD 2021). He has served as pastor of congregations in Colorado and Illinois, as guest instructor at Concordia Seminary, as Assistant Director of the Concordia Historical Institute (CHI), and as a U.S. Navy Chaplain, retiring in 2009 at the rank of Captain with over 35 years of active and reserve service. He has been Assistant Pastor at Our Savior since December, 2017.

Pastor Wohlrabe is the author of several books and numerous articles in church and military publications. He was elected to the Praesidium of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod in 2007, and currently is Second Vice President and Great Lakes Regional Vice President. In addition, he serves as an adjunct instructor at Concordia University—Wisconsin since 2013, as editor of the Concordia Historical Institute Quarterly since 2012, and on the CHI Board of Governors since 2007 where he is currently the President of the Board. He and his wife, Julie, have been blessed with three children and one grandchild. An avid water enthusiast, Pastor Wohlrabe enjoys the challenges and thrills of sailing Lake Michigan, swimming, and fishing.


Ben Culli is a 1997 graduate of Concordia University – Chicago. He earned a Bachelor’s of Music Education degree and studied organ under Thomas Gieschen and Steven Wente. Ben also played French horn in the Concordia Wind Symphony under the direction of Richard Fischer. After graduating, he served as high school and grade school band director for the Lutheran Education Association of Houston, and as general music instructor, children’s choir director and adult hand bell choir director at Our Savior Lutheran Church and School in Houston. He has been organist at congregations in the Chicago, Houston and Milwaukee metropolitan areas.

Ben is currently employed as Vice-President, Editorial & Production – Keyboard Publications at Hal Leonard Corporation in Milwaukee, WI, and also serves as organist and choir director at Our Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church, LCMS, in Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin. He is an active composer of music for organ, choir, chamber ensembles and concert band. His work has been published by Augsburg Fortress Publishers, Concordia Publishing House and MorningStar Music Publishers.