An artist’s rendering of the Peace Lutheran Ministries project, which will add space for child care and educational needs.

 The Peace Lutheran Ministries building project, a substantial undertaking that will add additional space for child care and educational needs, is scheduled to break ground within months.

On June 29 at a special congregational voters meeting, a large majority present voted to move forward with the building addition for the child care program and parochial school. 

“This addition will benefit our Antigo community by providing childcare beginning with infants and expanding our school to single class grades through grade eight,” says Pastor Dave Karolus. “Over 50 percent of children that attend Peace Childcare Learning Center and Peace Lutheran School are not members of our church. We welcome all families in our community to participate in our educational ministries at Peace.” 

Groundbreaking is scheduled for Sept. 20 with the ministry expansion completed by fall 2021. 

To date, Peace Lutheran Ministries has exceeded its initial goal of raising $2 million in pledges and is striving to reach the Stretch Goal of raising $2.3 million over the next three years. Pledge fulfillment is going strong with over $620,000 already received. The total project cost will be $4.3 million with the balance being financed. 

Over the next few months, Peace Lutheran Ministries will finish the architectural drawings, get state approval, and bid out the first part of the project which will include the foundation and footings. 

“We are so grateful for our church and community’s financial commitment to this project,” says Pastor Karolus. “The generosity of our church membership and the many individuals, businesses, and foundations of this community is inspiring. God has continued to lead us to work together to benefit our community and its families for years to come.” 

Businesses and organizations who have supported the project to date include Bauer Plumbing and Heating; Bradley Funeral Home; Charles George Resch II Memorial Foundation; CoVantage Credit Union; Elwyn Remington Foundation; Gerald & Dorothy Volm Foundation; Heinzen Plumbing & Heating; James & Mary Ellen Draeger Family Trust; Karl’s Transport; Integrated Pain Solutions; Kakes Farms; Parsons of Antigo; Peace Lutheran Church Endowment Fund; Peace Lutheran School Endowment Fund; Quinlans Equipment; Satori Foundation; Strasser-Roller Funeral Home; Thrivent; and Volm Companies.

Six years ago, Peace expanded its education ministry by the addition of Peace Childcare Learning Center. Peace Childcare has over 100 children enrolled in its programs and has run out of space.

“There is a pressing need for child care in our community,” says Annette Miller, director of Peace Childcare Learning Center. “We are unable to care for infants in our present facility. We also cannot accept childcare state assistance from low-income families because the current building makes it challenging to become a licensed facility.” 

The building plan provides for a new and modern childcare learning center including new early childhood education classrooms for 3K, 4K, and 5K, as well as a STEAM Lab (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). It also includes a modern and secure entrance with a safe drop-off and pick-up zone, a welcoming reception area, which together will create an efficient administrative hub for all of Peace Lutheran Ministries. 

“It is not too late to support this important community asset,” says Pastor Karolus. “Many people are supporting this project through one time gifts, pledges paid monthly over the next three years, special non-cash gifts of stock or property, and also through legacy gifts in their will or living trust.” 

For more information on how you can participate by supporting this project, call Peace Lutheran Ministries at 715-623-2200 or