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Pastor Jim Mumm

Jim was born in 1937 on a farm in Horton Township in the rural Hancock/Morris Area of Minnesota. In the year of his birth, he received God’s sacred name in Holy Baptism and was adopted into His Family of Believers at Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church in Horton Township. Jim and his six siblings were blessed with devout Christian parents, Henry and Frances Mumm.  Henry and Frances lovingly and diligently trained-up their children in the truths of God’s Word.  By God’s grace and through faith in Jesus Christ, Henry and Frances now live with the LORD God in heaven.

Jim graduated from Zion Lutheran Grade School in Sanborn, Minnesota;  Dr. Martin Luther High School in New Ulm. Minnesota;  Northwestern College in Watertown, Wisconsin;  and Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin.
During his college years, Jim worked in Road Construction during the summer months and at Bethesda Lutheran Home in Watertown, Wisconsin, as a care-giver during the school months.  After graduating from Northwestern College, Jim served for a year as the Director of Recreation at Bethesda Lutheran Home.  After entering the Lutheran Ministry, Jim served on Bethesda’s Board of Directors.

After graduating from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in 1965, Jim served as a full-time Lutheran Pastor for a total of forty years in the State of Wisconsin.  For seven years, he served as the pastor of a Tri-parish composed of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Hill Point, Trinity Lutheran Church in Lime Ridge, and Faith Lutheran Church in Reedsburg. For nineteen years, Jim served as a pastor at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Onalaska.  For fourteen years, he served as the founding pastor at Lord of Love Lutheran Church in De Forest.

Since his retirement from the full-time Lutheran Ministry in 2005, Jim has served as a Vacancy Pastor at twelve WELS congregations located in Wisconsin, Florida, the Island of Granada, California, Texas and Nevada.  He also taught Christian doctrine in China with China Partners, now titled, “316NOW.”

In his younger years, Jim enjoyed participating in various sports.  He’s hunted in Minnesota and Wisconsin and fished in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Canada.  Jim enjoys the wonders of God’s Realm of Nature by means of hiking, bicycling and canoeing.  He has taken many canoeing trips into the Boundary Waters of Minnesota and Canada with family members, friends and the Lutheran Pioneers.

Jim’s first wife, Dianne nee Erven, passed from this life when she was fifty-nine years old.  Jim and Dianne have six children.  Jim’s present wife is Gail nee Smith/Knudson.  Gail and her deceased husband, John Knudson, have three children.  Dianne and John now live in the perfect happiness of God’s heaven which has been earned by Jesus Christ for all people and is given to all of His believers.  The United Family of Jim and Gail is composed of nine children, twenty-six grandchildren, and fourteen great grandchildren.  Jim and Gail presently live in Onalaska, Wisconsin.

The LORD God, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, has richly blessed Jim.  The LORD has blessed him with earthly life, faith in Jesus Christ, forgiveness of sins, the privilege to share God’s saving Word with other precious people, Christian family members and friends, many good things to do and enjoy on earth, and with the promise of everlasting life in heaven.  Jim says with the inspired writer of Psalm 106:1-2,  “Praise the LORD.  Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; His love endures forever.  Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the LORD or fully declare His praise?”
 
James and Gail Mumm
563 Court Road  -  Onalaska, Wisconsin 54650
608-781-1879   -   dakota1940@centurylink.net



 

"Peace to you!" from
Pastor Jon Cox

Grace and peace to you from Jesus Christ!  
Thank you for visiting the Bethel Lutheran website! We would be especially glad if what you saw here would lead you to visit and worship with us in Galesville or Arcadia.

My wife, Doreen, and I have been married since 1990.  We've been at home on the west side of Galesville since 2011. While our five children are growing up and heading out on their own, its nice to live where the neighbors are friendly.

The family at Bethel Lutheran is certainly a friendly group.  We love it there and believe that you would too.  Our members come from a range of backgrounds and span an age range from little ones on up, but there is a harmony among us that makes being at church there a peaceful experience. 

Over the last 27 years of ministry, I've been blessed to serve in a wide variety of settings and situations.  From a small mission congregation in central Texas, to a large congregation in central Wisconsin, to Bethel - Galesville and Arcadia. No matter the setting or size, the most valuable feature of life in these congregations is the blessing of being able to share Gods' Word with people who are eager to hear it.

It is so true that people of differing places and cultures face many of the same troubles.  We all need the Word of God to counsel and direct our lives.  The message of Jesus Christ is the one constant power that both motivates us to reach for success and comforts us when faced with plans that fail.  We can always trust the goodness of God to bless and sustain us.

It is always a blessing to meet  new people at church.  I would be so happy to help you know Jesus Christ.  Take a little time, read about what we believe, then come and see for yourself all the good things that God is doing at Bethel!

Contact Pastor Cox by email - jon.nathan.cox@gmail.com - or phone (608) 582-9998

Faith Related Q and A

My girlfriend and I really want to move forward and possibly someday get married. She is Baptist and I am WELS Lutheran. Both of our beliefs are firm and we both don't want to agree with the other side. The deciding factor for us moving forward is whether to baptize our children as babies or to wait and do believer's baptism. What I have told her, and what I believe, is we should baptize babies because 1. Baptism creates faith 2. Receive forgiveness of sins - child would be in heaven if he/she dies 3. Babies can believe and the Bible commands us to Her response is that it seems like Lutherans just try to find some shortcut that makes sure we see our babies in heaven, if they were to pass away, and that it is twisting of God's word to just have the outcome we wish for. What should I say, and what other points should I bring up? I know it was long. Thank you!
Another reason for baptizing infants and children is because they are part of Jesus’ instruction to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). The littlest and youngest of human beings are included in “all nations.” Also, we baptize infants and children because they are sinful by nature and have a need for spiritual rebirth (Psalm 51:5; John 3:5-6). Recognizing their natural spiritual condition and addressing it is not a “shortcut” of any kind. Another topic of conversation you can have with your girlfriend concerns the source of Christian faith: who is responsible for it. Saving faith is God’s gift to people (Ephesians 2:8), worked in their hearts through the word of God (Romans 10:17). People cannot bring themselves to saving faith in Christ or decide to invite him into their hearts because they are by nature spiritually dead (Ephesians 2:1), spiritually blind (Acts 26:17-18) and enemies of God (Romans 8:6-7). When we recognize that God works saving faith in people through his word, then we will recognize that God can work saving faith in infants and children through the application of water and his word. It is good that you and your girlfriend are having these discussions. I trust you are fully aware of the challenges that can exist in a marriage in which a husband and wife do not agree on what the Bible teaches—and the blessings that husband and wife enjoy when they share a common faith. Continue to share the truths of God’s word with your girlfriend. God bless you.
What does long-suffering mean? My daughter has a chronic medical condition which is hard for me to accept and deal with. I wonder if this applies?
“Long-suffering” is the King James Version counterpart of “patience” that we find in more contemporary Bible translations. “Long-suffering” or “patience” is a quality attributed to God (1 Peter 3:20) and his children, Christians (James 5:8, 10). By your patient attitude, the word applies to you and your situation. When we keep in mind that “patience” is part of the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), we recognize that God develops and increases that attribute in us through the use of the gospel of Jesus Christ. May God continue to give you and your daughter patience as a loving and wise God directs all in your lives for your spiritual and eternal welfare (Romans 8:28). God bless you and your daughter!
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Bethel Evangelical
Lutheran Church


N29280 Loesel Lane
Arcadia, WI  54612

608.323.2388
In Arcadia, Sunday 
worship is at 9:00 a.m.
Bible study and 
Sunday school at 10:30 a.m.


N16303 Church Lane
Galesville, WI  54630

608.582.4329
In Galesville, Sunday 
worship is at 9:00 a.m. 
Bible study and 
Sunday school at 10:30 a.m.

Thursday Evenings 
Galesville offers a
midweek service at 6:00 p.m.

 

Bethel Staff

Pastor Jon N. Cox
608.582.9998
jon.nathan.cox@gmail.com

Pastor James Mumm
608.781.1879
dakota1940@centurylink.net

Karla Johnson
Administrative Assistant
608.863.2428
johnson.karla.j@gmail.com


 

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