Kingdom Workers is what happens when the Christ-centered boldness of a few is met with the Spirit-guided, committed passion of many. Since its beginning in 1986, Kingdom Workers has been an organization that partners with bold believers to share the message of Christ.
Some of the first projects associated with Kingdom Workers were the Mormon Outreach Ministry in Idaho, Northside Lutheran Ministry, and a couple serving in Zambia, Africa at the Mwembezhi mission station. By 2011, Kingdom Workers had funded approximately 300 mission projects.
In 2012, we saw the opportunity to meet the physical and spiritual needs of communities around the world, so we deployed our first program manager with this purpose in mind.
Today, the scope of what is being accomplished is different than it was 30 years ago, but the mission of Kingdom Workers is still the same. Thanks to the original boldness of a few and the continued committed support of many, Christ’s love is reaching into places all over the globe.
1986 - Two men, Bob Grebe and Jim Haag, realize very few church members have access to become involved in mission work, so they commit to changing this reality. That bold commitment later leads to the creation of Kingdom Workers.
1988 - Bob and Jim pitch their idea to Marvin M. Schwan, a man who generously decides to fund their project, Kingdom Workers. That same year, Kingdom Workers funds a position for the Mwembezhi mission station in Zambia and begins the production and distribution of a multi-language media ministry, Communicating Christ.
1989 - Kingdom Workers is incorporated and funds the establishment of a new outreach ministry to Mormons which would later become Truth In Love Ministry
1990 - Builders For Christ is formally established as an activity of WELS Home Missions.
1991- Kingdom Workers receives its first grant from the Marvin M. Schwan Foundation, a partnership that continues today.
1993 - Christian Volunteer Corps is established to recruit lay people for long-term mission service.
1994 - Builders For Christ moves from WELS Home Missions to being a program of Kingdom Workers.
1998 - Faith In Action is formed as an expansion of Travel Canvass Witness, which deploys short-term volunteers.
2011 - Kingdom Workers attends the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC) global convention as an invited guest. Up to this point, Kingdom Workers partnered exclusively with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), but now has become accessible to multiple Lutheran denominations through the CELC.
2012 - Kingdom Workers deploys its first program manager with the purpose of meeting the physical and spiritual needs of a community.
2013 - The organization adopts a new logo and updates its name to Kingdom Workers, previously WELS Kingdom Workers. The Lutheran Health Alliance is formed as a ministry of Kingdom Workers.
2017 - Faith In Action, Travel Canvass Witness, and the Lutheran Health Alliance are consolidated in order to better focus on creating innovative, sustainable solutions that address physical and spiritual needs in communities around the world.
Now - Kingdom Workers fosters active relationships with Lutheran church bodies in 8 countries, serving approximately 14,000 people annually.