January 2017 - San Antonio TX
These sturdy pioneers established the first Lutheran church in 1857 under Pastor Phillip Zizelmann. St. John’s has the distinction of being in three different buildings all on the same location—the corner of S. Presa and Nueva streets. The church began its ministry with only 15 members. It grew because of the development of a school for the children of the community. At its peak, St. John’s was blessed with around 3,000 members making it the largest Lutheran church in Texas. We were known as the Lutheran Cathedral of the Southwest."
St. John’s, as it appears today, was built during the Great Depression (1932). The beauty and grandeur of the structure with all its stained-glass windows, wooden carvings, and embellished stone give all honor and glory to God.