Who We Are

We began as a vacation Bible school in a house on Mangold Avenue, Faith Presbyterian Church is the little church with a big heart. The first church was built and dedicated on Nov. 17, 1933 at 2418 W. Mangold, with 24 charter members. 

In 1960, land was purchased at 3800 W. Rawson Ave., and the cornerstone of the new church was laid on Oct. 21, 1962. The first service was held May 19, 1963, and the building was dedicated on Sept. 22 of the same year. We currently have about 100 members -- ranging in age from new born through late 80s. 

Since the turn of the century, Faith has been active in mission beyond its doors. As part of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A), Faith is known for supporting mission projects. Each year, the members raise or collect thousands of dollars for national and international appeals. We also support a local Franklin school with school supplies, snacks, and books for all first graders; host a food cupboard in the church for those in need, collect over-the-counter medications for a free clinic, and try to answer the call for help when needed.

Faith values children and youth and offers outstanding Christian education classes with dedicated teachers. 

We offer inspiring and uplifting worship services that combine both contemporary and traditional worship forms along with multicultural facets. Our choir and musicians provide music to enable us all to worship God more fully.

Faith Presbyterian Church is a congregation of:

We are also a member of the Covenant Network


  • bridge Pastor - Laurie Lyter-Bright

    Laurie is a native to the north suburbs of Chicago and delighted to be back near home. She has been an ordained minster since 2012 and has served as a solo pastor, transitional minister, youth pastor, and a chaplain resident. Laurie has lived in Denver & Loveland Colorado, Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, Oakland & San Anselmo, California, Princeton, New Jersey, Balasor, India, London, UK, Vienna, Austria, and now South Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Mostly not in that order. She's completing a PhD in Education and Research Methodology through Colorado State University, looking at the intersection of religion and rape culture. 

    Laurie is a mom to Sonora & Tille (both under 2!) and a wife to Jesse, who is completing his master in nursing at Marquette University. Laurie's first book, Vagabonding: In Defense and Praise of Millennial Faith, came out in January of 2018. Her other role is as Executive Director of Pilgrims of Ibilin, an international interfaith non-profit dedicated to building peace on desktops through intentional interfaith education in Israel and Palestine. Laurie loves the church for all its quirks and is excited to be with the Faith family for this part of the journey!

  • Music Director - Joan Nowaczynski

    Joan is a graduate of Alverno College with a degree in piano performance/pedegogy. She accompanies groups from various high schools in the area, "Women of Note", and the Milwaukee Choirsters. She also has played for the Milwaukee Opera Company and the Florentine Opera Company, and teaches piano lessons. Joan is a wife, mom to 3 terrific kids, grandma to 6 wonderful grandchildren, and a huge Green Bay Packer fan!

  • Administrative Assistant - Lynn Claflin

    Lynn recently retired from the City of Milwaukee where she served as a legal assistant. She has 2 children and 3 grandchildren. She enjoys baking, trying new restaurants with friends, fitness walking, vacationing, reading, going to movies, and Brewers baseball.

  • Nursery Assistant - Samantha Foster

    Samantha is a graduate of UW Milwaukee. She hopes to become a social worker, working with children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and 3 cats.