Reach | Gather | Grow | Serve

This is our motto and the words we live by every day since Atonement Lutheran Church opened its doors in 1930. As it was back then so it is today – through the power of God’s almighty Word, the Atonement congregation:

  • REACHES into the community, the city, and the world spreading the Good News
  • GATHERS regularly in worship
  • GROWS in knowledge and understanding of the Word
  • SERVES others as an expression of Christ’s love

Our vision: To grow as a unique, multi-ethnic, urban destination, drawn by the gospel of Christ to lovingly impact everyone in our city.

Our mission: To gather around God's Word to GROW in our faith and service in His kingdom and to GO to reach our neighborhood with the good news of Jesus' atonement.

Meet Our Staff

Tom Kock – Pastor

Praise God, he has blessed us with a new pastor!

Pastor Tom Kock accepted our call and has joined us as our next full-time pastor. His friendly face and Jesus-heart are familiar to Atonement, since he has been involved as a member and assistant preacher for a number of years. He most recently served as a professor at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, helping train future pastors. Previously, Pastor Tom served in Tennessee, where God used him to build two mission congregations from the ground up. He is married to Beth, who teaches the 3-year-olds in our Atonement Early Childhood Center, and has four children and two grandchildren. He truly has a heart for the people of Atonement and our neighborhood and community, and we are blessed to have him as our new shepherd!

Damion Glisper – Outreach

Damion has been around Atonement since his family joined our church and school family in 1982. He graduated from Atonement Lutheran School in 1987 and then attended Northwestern Prep in Watertown for high school, where he met his wife Amy. He attended Northwestern College for a year and then graduated from UWM. Damion and Amy have been blessed with nearly 25 years of marriage and two children. In 2020, Damion came on board as our Congregational Assistant for Outreach after working for many years as a City of Milwaukee exterminator. Damion brings real-world experience, a friendly smile and demeanor, and a deep desire to share the love of Jesus, especially with our neighbors and the children and families of Atonement.

Kevin Poston – Music & Digital Media

Kevin is passionate about reaching all people with the Gospel of Jesus through God's gifts of music and technology. At Atonement, this means working with our pastor, church staff, and volunteers to coordinate many aspects of our in-person and online worship and also overseeing our online communication. He enjoys Atonement's multicultural setting, and our creative approaches to worship and outreach. Before joining us, Kevin served for 15 years as a teacher and music coordinator in Lutheran schools and churches in Watertown, Manitowoc, Oconomowoc, and Lannon. He and his wife Jenny have five children.

Kevin Cerda – Office Administrator 

From church correspondence to weekly bulletin preparation, Kevin keeps our church office running smoothly. His extensive customer service background makes him the ideal person for this role. Kevin served as an electrician in the U.S. Navy for four years and worked in the public sector for many years in both the utilities and construction industries. On board at Atonement since 2014, Kevin enjoys working closely with the other church staff and appreciates this special opportunity to serve God. He describes himself as a “jack of all trades” who loves carpentry, plumbing, cooking and electrical work. Kevin has one adult son, and is married to Josie who has two adult sons.

What we believe:

We believe that the Bible is the inspired and inerrant Word of the Triune God- Father, Son and Holy Spirit. We believe, teach and confess that we are saved not by human merits or works, but by God’s grace alone, through faith in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ alone, as revealed in the Scriptures alone.

Church-Body Affiliation:

Atonement Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), founded and based here in Milwaukee. Through our affiliation with WELS, we join with congregations across the country and around the world to do the work we cannot do on our own. This work includes training future pastors and teachers to lead our churches and schools, sending out home and world missionaries, and producing sound scriptural publications through Northwestern Publishing House. Click here for more information on WELS.

Membership at Atonement

Membership in a church means something. It means you believe what that church teaches to be nothing less than the truth God reveals in his Word. It means joining with other people who are united in faith to hear God’s Word and grow in faith, to encourage and help one another, to pray for and with each other, to serve others in the community, and to reach out with the good news of salvation in Jesus to those who don’t know it.

If you are interested in learning more about membership or desire to become a member of Atonement, we would love to hear from you. Contact the church office at 414-871-3744 or send us an email.