Welcome to Bristol Lutheran Church's website.

Virtual Worship 10 am Sunday morning, available anytime 

Coffee hour will be offered on Zoom at 10 am. Join Pastor Tim for lively conversation. 

Spark Sunday School will be held on Zoom every Sunday at 9:30 am. 

Confirmation on Zoom on Wednesdays at 5 pm with Holy Trinity, Marshall 

Although we may not be able to meet in person, please continue to  check on your neighbors who might need assistance. A friendly  Hello! to someone alone means so much. Trust in God, pray with earnest, and fill a need as you see it. This is what we do as Christ-followers.

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.  We hope to see each other with the eyes of Christ, and we 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.  All are welcome to the communion table.  You are invited to join us in our faith journey. Let's do church together!

Happy Thanksgiving!

2020 has seemed chaotic and challenging. But in the midst of it, God is here! We give thanks for all of His goodness and mercy. We give thanks for God carrying us through each moment and we give thanks for Bristol Lutheran Church family and friends. 

"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,  enabling 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.   

Join us for worship at 9 am Sundays.

Special Announcements

How to Contribute to Bristol Lutheran Church

BLC currently uses Vanco Payment Services to track our contributions, and allow Simply Giving. During our social distancing, we are expanding how you can contribute to BLC. Vanco also provides a mobile application, texting application, and online contributions. Below are videos explaining these options so you may consider them.

Click on the phrase below to view them. If you would like assistance, please contact Karen Kane at 608-712-3411 or Vanco Client Services at 800-675-7430 Option 1. Thank you for your support.

Our Church Council

Executive Council

President Ron Radunzel, Vice President Roger Nolden, Secretary Stephanie Blumer, Treasurer Marty Seitz, 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

Sparks Sunday School meets on Zoom at 10:45 am. Sparks Sunday School serves children through 6th grade. 
Wednesday evening Confirmation For Life-long Learners offers a chance to go deeper with our education. We are having classes with Holy Trinity Lutheran, Marshall via Zoom. 

Adult Bible Study usually meets Wednesday mornings, but on hold right now. 

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 and VP

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.


Alan Belgen, Council Member

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

Youth Committee 
Stephanie Blumer, Council Member and Secretary

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. 

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.  


Gina Jorgenson

Director of Music Ministry

Gina joined Bristol Lutheran Church in November, 2019. Her background includes teaching  and directing theatre for  Marshall Schools. Gina has many musical talents including a beautiful voice. She previously provided her musical talents at Our Savior's Lutheran Church, Sun Prairie. We are blessed that Gina is sharing her musical gifts with Bristol Lutheran. 

Music Website: 

Bristol Lutheran Music 

Karen Kane

Office Manager

Karen's professional career included management in health care and health insurance. Her spiritual journey  began as a lutheran  from baptism until now. During her journey and studies of her Christian heritage she also has embraced the healing power of God.  She has served the church in many different roles including President, Superintendent of Sunday School, and Stewardship. 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

and providing school kits for children of the world

Sun Prairie Food Pantry 


Sunshine Supper

Collecting food and providing dinners

Youth serving Lent Soup


Teaching our children to be stewards within our church and community 

    Keeping our community clean and safe

Demonstrating love and care of all God has given to us



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.

And we love to golf!


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!

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. 

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.

Our Mission Statement

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

 South Central WI Synod of ELCA Publication

ELCA page on Living Lutheran 


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!

Bristol Lutheran Church 

Pastor Tim Knipfer



The church office opened on August 10th, however we are only a phone call away.

Church office hours      T-F 8 am until noon

Our Office Manager is available anytime at 608-712-3411

6835 County Highway N

Sun Prairie WI 53590