WELCOME TO Bristol Lutheran Church

"Inspired by the Gospel, we love and serve creation through our Christ-centered community."

Following Jesus, who commanded his followers, ‘Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another,’ and believing that all persons are created in the image of God, the South-Central Synod of Wisconsin, ELCA, strives to be fully inclusive for all. This synod welcomes people of every race, background, age, political affiliation, economic and social status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and mental and physical ability, while striving to enable all people to participate fully in the life and work of the church and its expressions

Our goal and purpose for our congregation  is to reach out to the community, the nation, and the world. We invite people to our worshiping community while supporting mission inside and outside of our community. 

Join us for worship at 9 am Sundays or 6:30 pm on Wednesdays. On Sundays, we have a Fellowship Hour from 10 am until everyone has had enough coffee! Wednesdays services are an open dialog about the gospel,  sharing our thoughts and insights. We'll also be having a Bible Study with confirmands and church attendees alike on Wednesday evenings. Come join us. 

Sparks Sunday School is during church worship service on Sundays. Pastor Tim provides a special children's message, and then the children are dismissed to Sunday School. They return to worship in time to attend communion with the family. 


Food Pantry Concert

Our Savior's Lutheran Church

Friday, December 6, 2019 from 7-9 pm

Children's Piano Recital

Making Musical Moments

Saturday, December 7, 2019 Noon-3pm

Sunday, December 8, 2019 after worship


Sunday-Tuesday, December 8-10, 2019

Photo Directory

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Children's Christmas Program during Worship

Congregational 2020 Budget Mtg

BLCW Annual Mtg and Christmas Luncheon for all

Wednesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Worship at 4 pm and 6:30 pm

Potluck dinner between services

All are welcome...
what does that really mean?

That phrase is used so often, especially as churches seek to be open and affirming to everyone.  It also is a hard message to live out as our prejudice, stereotypes, and sin cloud who we seek to become as a congregation, and as the Church. But as we hope to see each other with the eyes of Christ, we strive to welcome all.  We are all children of God, who deserve to hear Christ's promise of grace, love, and forgiveness for all people. 
 Whether you are young or old, your voice is an important reminder of life.  We welcome all faiths, all race, all cultural backgrounds, all searching, all curious people. If you are LGBTQ, you are blessed here.  Regardless of your denomination or your affiliation, we are all one Church saved by Grace.   If you are disabled or speak a different language, we will do ministry together.  Everyone is welcome to worship and all are welcome to the communion table.  You are invited to join us in our faith journey. Let's do church together!

Interested in becoming a member at Bristol Lutheran Church? 

Pastor Tim is open to meeting with you at any time!

Lifetouch Photography 

BLC New Directory

Sunday  December 8th from Noon til 7 pm     

Monday   December 9th from 2pm til 9 pm      

Tuesday  December 10th from 2pm til 9pm      


1.     Look for our signup table before or after upcoming services


2.     Call the church office to schedule


3.    Call Lifetouch at 1-866-756-0281 to schedule

*8am to 4pm Monday-Friday*


*Please allow up to 1 hour from your appointment time to be photographed and view your photographs*


Member Signup Site (Link for your website and/or social media i.e. facebook and any emails)


To schedule your photography session CLICK HERE.


Our Church Council

Executive Council

President Ron Radunzel, Vice President Roger Nolden, Secretary Dan Thorstad, Treasurer Rich Schnell, and Pastor Tim Knipfer

Our Executive Council meets immediately prior to monthly council meetings to prepare and look to the future. 


Purpose and Responsibilities

The Congregational Council has general oversight of the life and activities of this congregation, and in particular its worship life, to the end that everything be done in accordance with the Word of God and the faith and practice of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

Christian Education Committee

Shelly Seehafer, Council Member

During worship Sparks Sunday School meets following the children's sermon until Communion, and our youngest kids can attend Bristol Butterflies, an engaging opportunity  that connects the lesson of the day from God's story. Sparks Sunday School serves children through 6th grade. 
Wednesday evening Confirmation For Life-long Learners offers a chance to go deeper with our education, and explore specific faith topics.

Life and Growth Committee   

Dan Thorstad, Council Member

We are always growing as a congregation, because growth happens by sharing our lives and building relationships in Christ's name. Life and 

Growth provides New Member Welcome events. 
Life and growth helps build relationships within our community, so we can serve God's church outside our walls.
Looking forward to these events!

Outreach Committee

Tammy Weiss, Council Member

The Outreach Committee invites people to our worshipping community while supporting mission inside and outside of our community such as the Sunshine Supper and Food Pantry. We are a congregation that cares for one another, which is important to our life together. We support other organizations which are promoting Christ's mission of Love, Life, Acceptance, and Service to all. 

Property Committee

Roger Nolden, Council Member

God's ministry through Bristol has a space to be housed, and the property and grounds helps with maintenance and care.  We also see this space as an extension of mission to the community.

Stewardship Committee 

Peg Hanson, Council Member

This committee leads the congregation to be biblical stewards through proportionate giving of time, abilities, and money as they have been given. Please watch the 4 videos below for important messages from our congregants.

Worship and Music Committee

Melissa Curry, Council Member

Our Worship and Music Committee chooses hymns, service settings, and prepares all of the Sunday and Wednesday evening services in conjunction with Pastor Tim. 

Youth Committee
Stephanie Blumer, Council Member

The purpose of the Youth Committee is to plan, implement, and enjoy opportunities for Christian faith-building through social events, age-appropriate special programs, volunteer opportunities, and community service projects with others of similar age. We are planning a mission trip in 2020. 

Memorial Committee

Alan Belgen, Council Member

This committee allocates and acknowledges memorial money and gifts given to benefit the ministry of the congregation.

Why Bristol? What does it mean to me?

How does Bristol fit into my life?

What makes me joyful?


Pastor Tim Knipfer

Pastor Tim Knipfer was called and ordained into the ELCA Lutheran Church, to serve Bristol Lutheran Church in June, 2018. He graduated with a Masters of Divinity degree at Wartburg Seminary. While his first occupation was in construction, he has a long commitment to youth ministry serving for 16 years as a volunteer and on staff as director of youth ministries. Currently Pastor Tim and his wife, Mary Kay, live in Sun Prairie and have 4 grown children named Molly, Josh,  Jake, and Anna.  

We are pleased to announce our new Director of Music Ministry is Gina Jorgenson. She began on  Sunday, October 27, 2019.

Welcome, Gina!





Karen Kane- Office Manager

Karen's professional career included health care and health insurance. Her spiritual journey includes her lutheran heritage from baptism until now. During her journey, she also has embraced the healing power of God. In her role as Office Manager, Karen enjoys sharing her faith with our congregational community. 

Supporting Community, Church, and the World

Quilting for the world

Sun Prairie Food Pantry 


Sunshine Supper

Youth serving Lent Soup


    Keeping our community clean and safe



The women's group has various events and projects throughout the year such as quilting, Lutheran World Relief health kits, baby kits, school kits and Load the Bus, and fundraisers.
For Christmas and Valentines Day, BLCW makes cookies, and distributes them to the homebound. 
And BLCW provides food and other assistance for funerals, weddings, and other functions when requested. 


The men's group has various events throughout the year such as breakfast  and fundraisers. Currently we meet the second Thursday of each month at Country Café at 8 am for breakfast and dialogue.


We're proud of our long history in Sun Prairie/Bristol. Click on this link to view our history line and learn more about us.



We were gifted a wonderful Cassavant pipe organ. The love and care of this congregation has been building the pipes at the front of the sanctuary. Come see and hear when we introduce it to the community! Date to be determined. 


Our Befrienders mission is "As Befrienders, we believe that caring is an essential part of the church's ministry." Our team visits the homebound and hurting. We help care for each other. 

Who We Are

Bristol Lutheran Church

We work together and we play together. We love our community. Come experience the connection!

Bristol Lutheran Church and the ELCA

This is Christ's church.

There is a place for you here.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world.

Bristol Lutheran Church Mission Statement

"Inspired by the Gospel, we love and serve creation through our Christ-centered community."

ELCA page on Living Lutheran


What's Happening at BLC

BLC is always busy helping our community, our church family, and the world. Please Join us at one of our events or meetings. 


Please visit with us at Bristol Lutheran Church, 6835 Highway N, Sun Prairie, WI 53590 or call us at 608-837-6093. If you would like more information about our church, you may send us an email, or call us. We can always call you. Let us know!