Emmaus Lutheran Church

Who We Are

Emmaus is located in Wauseon, OH, a city of 7,300 located in rural northwest Ohio, about 30 miles west of Toledo. Wauseon is the county seat and is known for its exceptional school system and large county fair. The city’s location on Interstate 80 brings thousands of visitors each year, many who attend annual events at the county fairground.

Emmaus Lutheran Church is a member of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Our congregation began in 1899 with services held near Ottokee. In 1911, we began conducting services in various locations around Wauseon, including members homes, City Hall, and other church buildings. Our first church building was built in 1924 on Fulton St, and still stands there. We moved to our current location at 841 N Shoop Ave in Wauseon after completion of the building in 1964. Our first service was held here on February 2, 1964.

We are grateful—Jesus walks with us along our paths.

We take the Bible seriously, because it is God’s Word and God gives us life through the message of the Bible.

Our Services

Service Times

  • 08:15am - Creative Worship Service
  • 09:30am - Adult Bible Class & Children's Sunday School
  • 10:45am - Classic Worship Service

What to Expect

What are services like?
Creative Worship at 8:15 emphasizes the style of Christian music often heard on today’s radio, but also draws occasionally from great classic hymns, some sung to the original melodies, others set to new melodies. Classical Guitar or keyboard are the primary musical instruments. The structure of the service closely resembles the style of responsive readings and “liturgical parts”. Classical Worship at 10:45 features great hymns of the faith along with solid melodies from the classic, familiar hymns using new words, all designed to support or complement the theme for the day. The organ is the primary musical instrument. Like the 8:15 service, the structure of the service closely resembles the style of responsive readings and “liturgical parts”. Here are three “givens” about all our worship services at Emmaus. 1. We gather to worship the Triune God. This involves hearing God’s Word and receiving assurance of God’s love and forgiveness for us through Jesus Christ. 2. Our worship is gospel-dominate without neglect of God’s law. 3. In worship, we desire to be further shaped as the people of God.


Charles  Althoff

Charles Althoff

Rev. Charles E. Althoff has been Pastor at Emmaus since February 19, 2006. Prior to his ministry at Emmaus, he served churches in Geneva, Ohio and in Cleveland, Ohio. Pastor Althoff also served as evangelistic missionary to the Philippines, highlighted by a fascination with cultural understandings for effective ministry. Pastor Althoff was born within the shadow of Ohio State’s famous horseshoe and is still a loyal Buckeye! His choice for college was the University of Kentucky. While attending classes at UK he met and married his soul-mate, Rosemary Barnes Bergman on September 1, 1974. He earned his Master of Divinity Degree from Concordia Theological Seminary in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, while Rosemary received her PHT (“Putting Hubby Through”). Their union has been blessed with three children, who are now all grown and making their own way. Pastor says, “Memorizing Titus 3:3-5 was undoubtedly my first ‘Emmaus moment.’ Interestingly, this was part of an evangelism training course—and the prospective evangelizer was himself evangelized! I hope to be a mid-wife for the Holy Spirit in this congregation named, so appropriately, after the Easter experience described in Luke 24.” Pastor Althoff is very excited to be serving the people of Emmaus and the greater Wauseon community, in the name of Jesus. “May the Lord bless us with many ‘Emmaus Moments’.”

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