St John’s History

Historical Highlights – St. John’s Lutheran Church

1808
Apr 20

St. John’s begins as a preaching point

St. John’s (part of the New Hanover Lutheran ministry) begins as a preaching point (“Boyers”)

1811
Apr 20

St. John’s Shares a Church on West Philadelphia Avenue

St. John’s shares a church on West Philadelphia Avenue with the Reformed congregation, now the Good Shepherd United Church of Christ

1867
Jan 01

English begins to be used

English begins to be used in some church services

1872
Jul 12

Sanctuary is Built

The present sanctuary is built for a total cost of $23,700

1882
Feb 17

A Steeple is Added

A steeple is added to the church (the 172 foot steeple is removed in 1933 as unsafe; the present steeple, 45 feet high, is erected in 1985)

1890
Mar 18

The first Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws are authorized and printed

The first Articles of Incorporation and By-Laws are authorized and printed

1918
Jun 20

The church steeple was repaired

The church steeple was repaired, small turrets were removed and closed-up

1926
Apr 21

David F. Longacre begins his call as pastor

David F. Longacre begins his call as pastor

1927
Aug 02

Sunday School addition is completed

A 60 by 72-foot brick Sunday School addition at the rear of the church building is completed

1943
Jun 23

1943

356 church members serve in the armed forces during World War II (98 in World War I); a monthly newspaper, St. John’s Speaks, is produced by the congregation for them

1950
Sep 11

1950

The second floor sanctuary, basically as it exists today, is refurnished and renovated along colonial lines; the former three-sided balcony is replaced by one balcony above the rear of the nave

1953
Feb 18

1953

John Hassler is called to assist Pastor Longacre

1955
Jul 23

1955

Fred S. Blank is elected pastor

1959
May 17

1959

Richard L. Miller is called as assistant pastor

1964
Nov 20

1964

Clyde I. Fry is called as pastor

1966
Jun 20

1966

David U. Druckenmiller becomes assistant to the pastor

1967
Sep 02

1967

The Geiger property on the north side of the church is acquired as the church embarked on an extensive building program

1969
Oct 06

1969

The present Parish Building (including elevator) and complete renovation of the church building are completed

1970
Nov 21

1970

Gary G. Scott begins work at St. John’s as associate pastor; the first issue of St. John’s Eagle appears; a Pre-Kindergarten School begins

1971
Aug 07

1971

Harold G. Deisher replaces Pastor Druckenmiller as assistant to the pastor

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