Who we are

Redeemer is a diverse group of believers from university students to young families to empty nesters to retirees.  Redeemer was founded in the 1940s and has been a part of Ann Arbor ever since. 

Redeemer Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), the third largest Lutheran church body in North America, which supports ministry all over this country and around the world.  A confessional Lutheran denomination, WELS began in Milwaukee in 1850 and has grown to around 350,000 baptized members and over 1200 congregations served by about 1400 pastors.  WELS also operates one of the largest Lutheran school systems in the country, with around 300 elementary schools, 400 early childhood ministries, and 27 high schools.  

Learn more about WELS

What we believe

We believe that Jesus redeemed us, or bought us back, from the guilt of our sin and the slavery of death.  By giving his life for us, he released us from that bondage, even though we could offer nothing at all to him.  Jesus saved us all because of his grace and not because of any works or any goodness we could have hoped to offer to him.  That message of sheer grace and pure love to us we find in his Word, the completely true and relevant message for our lives.  That message is the power of God the Holy Spirit uses to create faith in our hearts, another of his gracious gifts to us, not a decision we make or a work we do for him.  Through the waters of baptism, the Holy Spirit forgives sins, creates faith, and saves us.  In the Lord's Supper, Jesus is truly present with his body and blood to forgive our sins and assure us of salvation.  Because we are saved by God's grace through faith, we serve not because we have to, but because in thankfulness we want to.

If you have questions about topics, teachings, or contemporary issues,

find out more in the Q & A section of our church body's website.

As a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), 

find out more about what our national church body believes.

As a confessional Lutheran church body, 

find out more about the confessions of Lutheranism found in the Book of Concord.