Who We Are
Shoreland Community Church served the northeastern portion of Milwaukee County from 1995 through 2019. Many people came to Christ and grew in faith through her ministry. In 1999, Shoreland merged with Deerwood Baptist Church, a church that had served in Brown Deer since 1960. Their ministry was located on Deerwood Drive in Brown Deer, and Shoreland operated out of that church building until 2012. For decades, many faithful believers had given sacrificially and participated in the work of Christ as a part of those two churches. Unfortunately, the church building was in disrepair and would have required hundreds of thousands of dollars to fix. The hard decision was made to leave the Deerwood Drive location, put the property up for sale, and meet on Sundays at Cardinal Stritch University.
With the Deerwood Drive property to sell and a strong desire to maximize impact in the Kingdom of God, the leadership and body of Shoreland made a sacrificial decision. From 2017 through 2019 they prayed fervently and publicly for a “New Jerusalem”. As the sale of their property grew closer to reality, the faithful congregation of Shoreland Community Church prayed for God to show them a new home in Milwaukee County. As they prayed, God led them to more than a new location, He called them to a brand new ministry! After years of God’s provision and spiritual preparation, the property, which was located on Deerwood Drive in Brown Deer, finally sold. The congregation continued to seek God as to what and where this new ministry would be. The pursuit of God’s will, the prayers and generosity of the faithful people of Shoreland, and God’s incredible faithfulness and provision led to the birth of Rise MKE!
With the purchase of the church building on the corner of 60th and Dean, Shoreland Community Church turned her focus to preparing the building for a brand new ministry! The Shoreland church body poured in thousands of hours of work and over a hundred thousand dollars to get it ready for the launch of Rise MKE! Take a look at this video! The transformation is truly remarkable!
What We Believe
Rise MKE Core Values
Staff and leaders
Jay and Cheri Perkins
Lead Pastor and Wife
Pastor Jay and Cheri Perkins have been in ministry since 1996. He attended Bethel Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota and soon after planted a church in Watertown, Wisconsin. In the fall of 2002, Pastor Jay accepted a call to be the Associate Pastor of Shoreland Community Church. He served as the Associate Pastor until becoming the Senior Pastor in 2005 and served through 2019. Pastor Jay became the first Senior Pastor of Rise MKE when RISE began in January of 2020. He has also been the chaplain of the UW-Whitewater football team since 2015.
Pastor Jay and Cheri have two adult sons, Zach and Shane. Zach is married to Cassie (Schaut). Shane is married to Courtney (Tollefsrud).
Susan has three adult children, Evan, Anna, and Elise, who is married to Kurt Wallgren. Susan and her family enjoy hiking in God’s creation and playing games together.
Elder/Mission Trip Coordinator
Kurt & Elise Wallgren
Young Adult Leaders
Young Adult Leader