In 2001, Pastor Daniel Witte was called from Chicago, Illinois to start a mission church in Lakewood Ranch, Florida. The church was gifted 10 acres of land off Lorraine Road to begin their mission.  The newly named Risen Savior Evangelical Lutheran Church first held services in 2002 in Tara Elementary School.

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We next moved closer to our vacant land and held services in McNeal Elementary until 2009 when we broke ground on our building.

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Through the efforts of the Builders for Christ and many others, we held our first service in our new building in November 2009.

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In June 2016, we welcomed Pastor Caleb Free and his family to our church.

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