The Christian church began in an upper room as God poured out His Spirit upon a small group of 120 believers in 30 A.D. In a few short years, the gospel spread throughout the world.
It seems fitting that Parkway Church had humble beginnings in the basement of a South Milwaukee, WI residence as a handful of believers gathered to worship in May 1972, led by the founder, Pastor Frank Tamel. The new congregation moved into a permanent church in Oak Creek, WI that seated about 100. In less than two years, the small building was full and the congregation spread the gospel to neighbors and family through home Bible studies. God added to the church daily. By 1980, the sanctuary was overflowing, persuading us to construct our current Worship Center, completed in 1982, which seats 1,400.
In 1984, Pastor Anthony Tamel became Parkway’s first Assistant Pastor, accepting the role of Senior Pastor in 2003. Pastor Tamel’s vision for small group ministry played a major role in transitioning the congregation to adopt the apostolic method of small groups. Since 1997, he has led numerous small group conferences and seminars across the nation.