How We Got Here
Called through faith, the Reverend Paul A. Laurell arrived on the Cape to begin the mission that became St. Peter’s Lutheran Church January 1, 1979. Charter Sunday was August 5, 1979, with 125 people signing the charter. On June 12, 1980, St. Peter’s was officially received as a new congregation at the convention of the New England Synod. The Reverend Burt Strand served St. Peter’s from July 1986 to June 1996 and oversaw the expansion of the facility as wells as programs and ministries. The Reverend Dr. Jane O’Hara Shields served St. Peter’s from June 1997 to April 2005; again facilities and ministries were expanded, notably the education wing and offices. The Reverends Christian Holleck (a Lutheran minister) and Tiffany Nicely Holleck (a Presbyterian minister) were called to St. Peter’s in 2006.
St. Peter’s memorial garden was dedicated in 2007. St. Peter’s, together with other Harwich Churches, sponsored one of the Habitat for Humanity homes built in 2009 on Gomes Way in Harwich. Outreach in the local community (i.e. Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, hospitality of space to Girl Scouts, National Alliance for Mental Illness support groups and 12 step programs) and globally (partnerships and mission support in Honduras, the Holy Land, China) remain strong. Worship remains central to who we are. We invite you to join or partner with us as we discern God’s call and boldly step into the future.