Our Story


 Mission work began in Huron in September of 1926. Within a short time many contacts were made, and on November 7, 1926, the worship services were held in the American Legion Hall over the Dexter Department Store at 33 1/2 Third Street SW. Twelve people were in attendance. Attendance grew, and on February 13, 1927, the congregation was formally organized. Property was purchased at Dakota Avenue and Eleventh Street SW for a new church building. A portable chapel was purchased, and on November 13, 1927, the new church building was dedicated.


Under the blessing of God, the congregation grew. In 1933, the congregation became self-sustaining, having received mission subsidy from the South Dakota District of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod from its beginning. An addition to the church was dedicated on November 20, 1938. As the congregation continued to grow, a Building Committee was formed in 1947. The site at Seventh Street and Dakota Avenue South purchased in 1950. Ground was broken on Palm Sunday, April 13, 1955. The new church building was dedicated to the glory of God on August 12, 1956. Due to the need for additional educational facilities, a home was purchased on Kansas Avenue in 1963 for use as a parish hall. The building was later demolished providing additional parking space.

The need for additional educational facilities was recognized, and in the spring of 1981, efforts were initiated to gather funds for the purpose of building new educational, fellowship and office facilities. Ground was broken on Easter Sunday, April 3, 1988, for a new fellowship hall and church offices. The new addition was dedicated on Reformation Sunday, October 30, 1988. During the Summer of 1989, the church basement was remodeled to provide an education area with permanent Sunday School classrooms. The new educational facilities were dedicated on Rally Day, September 10, 1989. In the fall of 1994 a weekday Christian preschool was begun, providing classes for three and four year olds.


A Facility Expansion Feasibility Committee was formed in 1995 to study the possible need for expansion of the church facilities. In 1999, the Voters Assembly authorized a Facility Expansion Committee to plan for a new addition and begin receiving funds. On Palm Sunday 2003, ground was broken for the new Education Annex and Christian Activities Center. The addition was completed and dedicated on Palm Sunday, April 4, 2004. The addition includes additional classrooms, expanded preschool facilities, and a Christian Life Center.

When Trinity Lutheran Church in Yale closed on December 31, 2004 many of the members of Trinity transferred their membership to Mt. Calvary.

Over the years, God has abundantly blessed Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church through the faithful proclamation of His Word and the administration of the Sacraments. Now over 90 years, Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church numbers about 1,000 Baptized souls, including about 800 Communicant members.

Pastors Who Have Served Mt. Calvary Lutheran

 Rev. T.H. Joeckel   Oct. 1926 - Dec. 1935
 Rev. Philip H. Mueller  Mar. 1936 - Dec. 1967
 Rev. Paul Bunkowske  Nov.1968 - Oct. 1973
 Rev. W. Kurt Lehmkuhl  Dec. 1973 - Sept. 1978
 Rev. John Sandstrom  April 1976 - Nov. 1978
 Rev. Paul Schwan  May 1979 - Jan. 1987
 Rev. Thomas Gudmundson  June 1981 - Aug. 1984 
 Rev. Kenneth Wesemann  July 1985 - Nov. 1986
 Rev. Dale Sattgast  July 1987 - Aug 2006
 Rev. Dana Brooks  July 1988 - May 1995
 Rev. Lew Koch  Aug. 1996 - Sept. 2001 
 Rev. Christopher Ascher  June 2003 - Nov 2005
 Rev. Jonathan Boehne  July 2006 - April 2010
 Rev. Daniel M. Domke  Sept 2007 - May 2018
 Rev. Kelly D. Smith  June 2010 - June 2016
 Rev. Christopher Navurskis  June 2018 - May 2023
 Rev. Kevin W. Koester  July 2019 - present