Welcome to Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Buffalo, WY. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS), of which Prince of Peace is a member congregation, was formed by Saxon German immigrants of 1838-1839 who left Germany seeking freedom of religious expression and settled in St Louis and Perry County, Missouri. The Synod was formed in 1847 as the German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States. The LCMS headquarters, the International Center, remains in the St Louis area, in Kirkwood, Missouri. Prince of Peace is a member of the Wyoming District of LCMS.
Our congregation was organized in 1973. We accept all the Canonical Books of the Old and New Testaments as the verbally inspired, inerrant Word of God, and all the Symbolical Books of the Evangelical Lutheran Church contained in the Book of Concord of 1580 as a true and sound exposition of Christian teaching taken from and in full agreement with the Holy Scriptures. No teaching shall be tolerated in this congregation which is at variance with these Symbols of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
The design of the Prince of Peace sanctuary building, shown on our home page, is a post-modern “take” on the colonial saltbox style. It was dedicated in June 1977.
For a full history of the church, click here.
The Luther seal, or Luther rose, is a widely recognized symbol for Lutheranism. Designed for Martin Luther in 1530. Luther believed it a representation of the faith and theology of his faith, and used it as a seal for his correspondences.
About Pastor Gerald Heinecke
Pastor Heinecke has been our pastor since November of 2016. He received his masters of divinity in 2010 from Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He especially enjoys teaching both young and old and working with the youth. He and his wife, Erica, were married in 2003. She also serves part time as an organist here. She is a stay at home mom and they have four children, Malachi, Zachary, Avelyn, and Nathanael.
Pastor Heinecke has a wide variety of hobbies including hunting and fishing and board games as well as playing Nerf Wars with the youth group. He is a certified USSF soccer referee and is a member of the Johnson County Search and Rescue team.
Also, in August of 2020, we are pleased to announce that he is now a Chaplain in the Wyoming Army National Guard. Chaplain Heinecke serves the 960th BSB located in Sheridan, Wyoming.