Bethany, SA - Bethany Lutheran

Year Built: 1883

Denomination: Lutheran

Address: Bethany Road, Bethany, South Australia, 5352

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Peramangk people

Last Updated: 26/04/2024

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History and Architecture:

The Church was built in 1883. The design is of simple rectangular plan with gable roof, smaller gabled annex to rear, square tower at front with tall pointed spire, rendered features on facades create a strong outline for the building. Construction - coursed rubble walls, rendered corner strips and windows indicate a reasonably traditional interior. Representation - typical format for Lutheran Churches with the tall spire on a central square tower.


This list may not contain every serving cleric, past or present, for this church.
Further submissions welcomed.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1842 - 1848 Pastor G. D. Fritzsche BL
1948 - 1862 Pastor H. A.E. Meyer BL & ELSA
1866 - 1910 Pastor G. A. Heidenreich ELSA
1876 - 1877 Pastor J. H.C. Dierks Locum
1894 - 1910 Pastor J. H.S. Heidenreich ELSA
1910 - 1911 Pastor G. H. Schmidt ELSA
1913 - 1961 Pastor H. F.W. Roehrs ELSA
1961 - 1968 Pastor L. W. Auricht ELSA & LCA
1968 - 1974 Pastor N. C. Keller LCA
1974 - 1982 Pastor J. K. Wilksch LCA
1982 - 1988 Pastor H. W. Ludwig LCA
1988 - 1993 Pastor R. A. Mickelson LCA
1994 - 2021 Pastor David N. Gogoll LCA


First organ was built in 1850 by J.C.A. Kruger. Installed installed & enlarged for St Thomas' Lutheran Church, Stockwell 1929 J.E. Dodd. Restored in 1981 by Roger Jones. 1 manual, 7 speaking stops, 1 coupler, tracker, Man: Ped: 16.

The present organ was built in 1929 by J.E. Dodd. 2 manuals, 8 speaking stops, 4 couplers, tracker Rebuilt & enlarged in 1989 by George Stephens. 2 manuals, 11 speaking stops, 4 couplers, tracker Gt: Sw: Ped: 16.

A full history can be seen here.


1. Lutheran Archives with permission.
2. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.