Who We Are


Lake Trails is made up of people in all walks of life. We are Epic employees, UW-Madison students, musicians, kids, small business owners, parents, public sector workers, and everything in between. We vary in age and stage of life but we also have a something in common. Together, we desire to grow in our understanding and experience of God’s love for us, to grow in our love for God, and to grow in our love for one another and our city. To that end, we are learning what it means to embrace the new life that Jesus made possible by his life, his death on the cross, and his resurrection from the dead. We are learning what it means to be renewed and restored in the midst of the questions, the challenges, and also the joys of life. We would love for you to join us. Please take a look around our site and let us know if there is any way we can serve you.

Our Mission

At Lake Trails our mission to continually receive and extend the Grace and Peace of Christ for the forgiveness, restoration and renewal of ourselves, Madison, and the world.

What We Believe

At Lake Trails we believe that the Bible tells the truth about who God is, who we are and how we are to relate to him and the world he made. We join with other Christians from around the world and across the ages in affirming the Scriptural truths summarized in the Ecumenical Creeds (the Apostle’s Creed, the Nicene Creed, the Chalcedonian Creed).

We also affirm the Westminster Standards as a faithful summary of what the Bible teaches.

If you would like to know more about what we teach regarding sexual ethics, we invite you to listen to this sermon.

Our congregation is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church in America whose churches desire to be “Faithful to the Scriptures, True to the Reformed Faith, and Obedient to the Great Commission of Jesus Christ”. More information about our denomination can be found at www.pcanet.org.

Our Core Values

The Gospel – The Divine Power and Authority of Scripture

God created all that is by His powerful word for His glory. The Bible is the only, inerrant written Word of God revealing whom God is and how we are to live before Him. When we believe and rely upon the Gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ revealed in the Bible, we open our lives to God’s redemptive power to forgive, restore and renew us. We humbly seek to understand, believe, live, and make known the whole Word of God.

Worship – In and Through Christ

We were created to worship and serve our Creator, but our pride and unbelief led us to reject God in our hearts. Since God is holy and jealous for our whole-hearted devotion, we now need a mediator to even approach God before whom no sinner may stand. In His amazing grace, God has called us to joyfully enter His presence in and through His Son Jesus Christ as revealed in Scripture. We will gather weekly as a community – joining the hosts of heaven – to worship and serve God the Father in and through our mediator Jesus Christ, by the power of His Spirit for the glory of God in our world.

Mutual Care – Loving One Another in Christ

A living faith in Christ is marked by Christ-like love for His Church, involving sacrificial care for one another’s needs. How that care is expressed depends on the needs of the body, our measure of faith, and the nature of our gifts. As we serve one another, we serve the Lord. As we make our needs known to one another, we acknowledge our need of Christ and our place in His body, the Church. God has commissioned pastors and teachers to equip His people for building up the body of Christ. We humbly strive to be a community that needs and cares for one another in Christ.

The Kingdom of God – Justice, Mercy, and Reverence for God

Jesus came to liberate us from a kingdom of spiritual darkness – marked by injustice, selfishness, and pride and to usher in the Kingdom of God, marked by justice, mercy, and reverence for God. We will by God’s grace pursue His Kingdom purposes in our homes and work. We will also seek to extend His Kingdom to those in need around us, especially the hungry, alien, homeless, sick, orphaned, widowed and imprisoned. We will humbly seek to bless all places where God has called us, all for His glory.

Prayer – A Privilege and Utter Necessity

God has given us His Son, whom He loves. He will, also graciously give us all things in accord with His will. Knowing this privileged standing we have in Christ and that apart from Him we can do nothing, we will persist by faith in Kingdom-centered prayer.

The Call of God – God’s Calling all People to Christ

God’s Spirit is continually drawing a people from all nations and people groups to Christ. God has commanded his Church to make disciples of Christ. Therefore, we will expect, prepare for, and pursue opportunities to make devoted followers of Christ from those who do not yet trust in His name.

Our Pastor

Our Pastor is Rev. Shaun Spencer. Shaun is a graduate of Covenant Theological Seminary. He has been at Lake Trails since 2010 and has also served in churches in Oklahoma, Missouri and South Carolina. Shaun enjoys spending time with his wife Danielle and their three daughters. He wishes he were a runner, has an odd fascination with single-speed bicycles and occasionally plays a little guitar (the guitar is regular size, he just doesn’t play it a lot).

Shaun can be contacted at shaun@laketrailschurch.org.