Marquette, Michigan

New Start: Marquette serves as the hub of the Upper Peninsula (U.P.) of Michigan, and 52% of the people in and around Marquette do not have a home church or attend a church. It is also home to 7,000 students at Northern Michigan University, a ripe opportunity for a Campus Ministry program. There is currently a group of WELS members residing in town, and many students remain in the area after graduation.

Fast Facts:

  • Marquette has a population of about 21,000, and is the seat of a county with 66,000 people.
  • Many graduates from Northern Michigan University Marquette choose to live in, come back to, raise a family, and embrace Marquette.
  • Rev. Stephen Lehmann from Mount Olive Lutheran Church in Iron Mountain, Mich., worked with Mission Counselor Wayne Uhlhorn and district mission board chairman Ben Enstad to explore outreach in Marquette. Read more in this Missions Blog from March 2022:

Rev. Ben Enstad, District Mission Board chairman
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