About Us

About Prince of Peace


We are a family of believers united to know Christ and make him known.

Who We Are

Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is a congregation of about 700 members, located in Saint Joseph, Illinois. Saint Joseph is a bedroom community to Champaign-Urbana, located ten miles east of the cities.

Prince of Peace is a member of the North American Lutheran Church, whose website you can visit at thenalc.org.

As Lutherans, we believe that the Church exists wherever the Word of God is preached in its purity and the sacraments are shared faithfully, regardless of denominational titles.

In our preaching and teaching, we hold to the biblical view that all people are sinners in need of God's forgiveness. We can not find God on our own or fix our relationship with him. Rather, we put all our hope in the person of Jesus, who through his incarnation, life, death, and resurrection has set us free to live a Spirit-led life of joy and confidence, in humble service to God and neighbor.

We're confident you will feel welcome at Prince of Peace. Being in a growing bedroom community to a university town, we are open and very used to welcoming new people into our congregation. At the same time, our small-town roots give our congregation a sense of stability, and a strong membership base.

We have lots of young families involved at Prince of Peace. We strive to give the children of our congregation a strong education in the bible, and help them develop a lasting connection to God's people. Our youth activities are Christ-centered, fun, and frequent.

Our worship is biblically-centered from start to finish, and not limited to any particular style, time-period or mood when it comes to music. The music will always be substantive and will fit the message of the day. You will always hear a thoughtfully-prepared sermon. We celebrate the sacrament of Holy Communion every Saturday, and twice a month on Sundays.

Our congregation is also constantly involved in charitable and mission activities beyond the congregation, locally and throughout the world.

If you have any questions about Prince of Peace, do not hesitate to contact us at the phone numbers and email addresses listed on this site.

We welcome you to come and worship God with us!

-Pastor Seth Jersild


We proclaim the Triune God ... God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit


We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.Jesus Christ is the Word of God Incarnate, through whom everything was made and through whose life, death and resurrection, God fashions a new creation. The proclamation of God’s message to us as both Law and Gospel is the Word of God, revealing judgment and mercy through word and deed, beginning with the Word in creation, continuing in the history of Israel, and centering in all its fullness in the person and work of Jesus Christ.


We believe that the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the written Word of God. Inspired by God’s Spirit speaking through their authors, they record and announce God’s revelation centering in Jesus Christ. Through them, God’s Spirit speaks to us to create and sustain Christian faith and fellowship for service in the world.


We believe that the canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as the inspired Word of God and the authoritative source and norm of its proclamation, faith and life, “according to which all doctrines should and must be judged” (Formula of Concord, Epitome, Part I).


We confess the Apostles’, Nicene, and Athanasian Creeds as true declarations of the faith of the Church.
We confess the Unaltered Augsburg Confession as a true witness to the Gospel, acknowledging as one with it in faith and doctrine all churches that likewise accept the teachings of the unaltered Augsburg Confession.
We confess the other confessional writings in the Book of Concord, namely, the Augsburg Confession, the Apology of the Augsburg Confession, the Smalcald Articles and the Treatise, the Small Catechism, the Large Catechism, and the Formula of Concord as further valid interpretations of the faith of the church.
We confess the Gospel, recorded in the Holy Scriptures and confessed in the ecumenical creeds and Lutheran confessional writings, as the power of God to create and sustain the Church for His mission in the world.


This congregation recognizes thatall power and authority belongs to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, her head. Under the lordship of Jesus Christ, this congregation understands itself as a part of the assembly of all believers among whom the Gospel is preached in its purity and the sacraments are administered according to the Word of God (Augsburg Confession VII).


Commanded by the Lord of the church togo into all the world, baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, making disciples and teaching obedience to all that Christ has commanded, this congregation commits itself to fulfill the Great Commission locally, with a pledge to join with others for the sake of reaching out to the world.


This congregation represents locally the mission and ministry of Christ and in a broader sense, the North American Lutheran Church and ultimately the body of Christ in the world. Recognizing the cooperative relationship that exists as local congregations join one with another for the sake of greater ministry, the congregation is therefore committed to the greater good through cooperative efforts.


As a part of the North American Lutheran Church this congregation commits itself to be an informed part of the decision making process, participating fully in the greater organization of the mission of Christ beyond the local congregation.