Southern Lakes Evangelical Free Church (SLEFC) began on March 12, 1985, with an informational meeting at the Community Center in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. This small, dedicated group of Christ-followers dreamed of an evangelical church in the Elkhorn area. A few days later, March 17, 1985, a meeting was held and attended by Gene Swanstrom, District Superintendent for Forest Lakes District of the Evangelical Free Church of America. A home Bible study group was formed and on November 3, 1985, the church held its first Sunday morning service in the Sugar Creek Town Hall. Southern Lakes Evangelical Free Church incorporated on February 23, 1986, with 17 charter members approving the new church constitution.
Soon the Town Hall did not meet the needs of the rapidly growing church and a move was made in the Spring of 1989 to Lakeland School in Elkhorn.
Approximately 10 acres of land was purchased on Highway 12/67 north of Elkhorn. The church was able to pay for this completely at the time of purchase. The land was dedicated in 1990 and a church service was held on the property.
Labor Day 1999 marked the groundbreaking for Southern Lakes Evangelical Free Church’s new facility and construction began in September 1999. The church members poured out their hard work and sweat and were “hands-on” in every aspect of building. The building itself was dedicated “to the Glory of God” by those who called Southern Lakes Church home and it was a true labor of love. The first service in the new church was held on Easter Sunday 2000.
In 2002 we had outgrown our facility and once again the dedicated church family put their hands to work to complete Phase II, which added classrooms and a larger sanctuary. The addition was dedicated “for the Glory of God” as it was written in the concrete foundation.
As we remember where God has brought us, we look forward to what he has in store next.