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St. John's History

"Unless the Lord builds the house, 
its builders labor in vain."
Psalm 127:1

St. John Lutheran Church
Faithful Pastors Through the Years

"And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers,
to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ." 
Ephesians 4:11-12

“Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the people of Israel;
so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.
When I say to the wicked, ‘You wicked person, you will surely die,
and you do not speak out to dissuade them from their ways,
that wicked person will die for their sin, and I will hold you accountable for their blood.
But if you do warn the wicked person to turn from their ways and they do not do so,
they will die for their sin, though you yourself will be saved."
Ezekiel 33:7-9

"This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants of Christ
and as those entrusted with the mysteries God has revealed.
Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful."
1 Corinthians 4:1-2

Those who have served
St. John Lutheran Church through the Years!

Our Pastors Through the Years

  • January 1956 - July 1957
    Administrative Pastor: Rev. Harold H. Brauer 
  • August 25, 1957 - May 1963
    First Resident Pastor: Rev. Truman W. Broetzmann
  • 1963 - 1970
    Rev. Theodore Schroeder
  • June 27, 1971 - August 15, 1978
    Rev. Vernon F. Heim
  • August 20, 1978 - July 12, 1992
    Rev. Floyd W. Grothman
  • July 19, 1992 - July 30, 2001
    Rev. Steven G. Kline
  • June 12, 1997 - October 16, 2010
    Rev. G. Jeffrey Dobratz
  • January 8, 2012  - ‘Present Day’
    Pastor Larry R. Yaw

Vicars & Deacons

  • Vicar Evan J. Temple                              July 1, 1956           to     August 20, 1957
  • Deacon Jeffrey J. Johnson                   June 23, 2002      to     'Present Day'


  • David P. Schmidt                                    September, 1993    to     'Present Day'
  • Kaleb Kohlmeyer                                  June 2018                   to     'Present Day'


"You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning; My God turns my darkness into light."
Psalm 18:28

"For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid which is Jesus Christ."

1 Corinthians 3:11

March 1956            St. John Lutheran Church incorporated

Summer 1956        Construction started on St. John church building  (10 Families / 25 Communicants Members)

May 19, 1957         Dedication of St. John Lutheran Church

July 8, 1990          Ground Breaking Service for New Sanctuary located at  910 S. Saint Augustine St. (current location).

January 27, 1991   Dedication of the New Sanctuary

October 2, 2016   Re-dedication of the Sanctuary after a remodel

Charter Members

Dr. & Mrs. Robert A. Babcock                       Mr. & Mrs. Emil Kirchenwitz

Mr. & Mrs. Waldemar Bonnin                      Mr. & Mrs. Frank Prokash
                      Donald, Lloyd, Joyce

Dr. & Mrs. William E. Burmeister              Mrs. Angelo Sariego

Mrs. Cora Erickson                                            Mr. & Mrs. Robert Santy          
             Donald, Beverly                                               

Dr. & Mrs. Delor E. Herzberg                        Mr. & Mrs. Paulus Winter                                                                                                                                                                                 James, Kenneth


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