Our congregation has had the privilege of proclaiming God's sure truth of forgiveness and life through Jesus Christ since its founding in 1960s as Bethlehem Lutheran Church. In 1998, our name was changed to Star of Bethlehem. In a world of inconsistency and contradictions, we are blessed to have the island of stability and certainty that is Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Star of Bethlehem serves the greater Champaign-Urbana, Illinois area, also providing WELS Campus Ministry to the University of Illinois, Eastern Illinois University, Millikin University, Lakeland Community College, and Parkland Community College. We are affiliated with the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), an association of more than 1,200 congregations and 400,000 members with churches in each of the 50 states.
Star of Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), a group of Christians across this country and around the world, that is committed to the authority and integrity of God’s Holy Word, the Bible. We believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and rose from the dead to save the world from sin, and that all who believe in Him will spend eternity in heaven.
Christ’s love, which he demonstrated by his perfect life and by his suffering and death on the cross, is the foundation for our relationship with God, the focus of our faith, and the motivation for all we do as Christians. In that same love for sinners Christ not only lived and died to set us free from sin and guilt, but he also rose again in victory on the first Easter Sunday, assuring us that his victory is our victory and that his resurrection is our resurrection. Saved by his grace alone, we look forward to his glorious return as we proclaim the good news of what his love has accomplished.
By God's grace, Star of Bethlehem is a Confessional Lutheran congregation. This means that we “confess” or “agree with” the Lutheran “confessions” or “creeds” set down in The Book of Concord in their entirety, published in 1580 at the time of the Lutheran Reformation. “Confessional” Lutherans believe that these creeds or statements of belief because they say the same things the Bible says.
Not every Lutheran church body today is a confessional Lutheran church. Some have chosen not to be. Others claim to be confessional, but their teachings and practices do not reflect it.
At Star of Bethlehem our pastors, teachers, and congregation officers publicly vow to remain faithful, without reservation, to the teachings of Scripture as summarized in the three universal creeds and in the six Lutheran confessions found in the Book of Concord.