Grovedale, VIC - St Paul's Lutheran

Year Built: 1849

Denomination: Lutheran

Saint: Paul

Address: Torquay Road, Grovedale, Victoria, 3216

Architect: Unknown

Architectural Style: Gothic Polychrome

Traditional Owners: Wadawurrung people

Last Updated: 27/04/2024

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History and Architecture:

The beginnings of this church go back to 1849 when five families were brought out to Geelong by the local Geelong Mayor Dr Thomson. The first church was in Church Street. The first service was held on 24 June 1854. Grovedale was called Germantown at the time but this changed in 1915.

A Manse was built in 1855. In the following years there was a conflict between two factions in the church when Pastor Herman Herlitz was brought out from Germany to take up the Ministerial role. However a Peter Jacobson was already in this role. So it was a fact that those who where faithful to the Victorian Lutheran Synod left and set up a church in the school.

Renovations took place in 1990 with the floors and pews being the main focus of this work. In 1998 the slate roof was renovated.


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
1853 - 1855 Rev M. Goethe I
1855 - 1862 Rev J. G. Haussmann I
1861 - 1862 Pastor P. G. Jacobsen VS
1862 - 1868 Rev H. HerLitz VS 1940
1868 - 1920 Rev G. Heyer VS
1921 - 1924 Rev R. L. Rohde UELCA
1924 - 1929 Rev J. T.P. Sabel UELCA
1929 - 1937 Rev H. W.R. Proeve UELCA
1937 - 1938 Rev B. Fischer UELCA
1938 - 1946 Rev H. Minke UELCA
1946 - 1960 Rev J. M. Larsen UELCA
1960 - 1969 Rev S. M. Simpfendorfer UELCA & LCA
1969 - Rev T. R. Jaensch LCA
1981 - 1991 Rev Rob Fechner LCA
1991 - 2002 Rev Wayne Boehm LCA
2002 - 2009 Rev Rolf Lungwitz LCA
2011 - 2014 Rev T. D. Pietsch LCA
2016 - 2022 Rev C. G. Simkin LCA


No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.


1. Lutheran Archives with permission.