Snowtown, SA - St Luke's Lutheran

Year Built: 1966

Denomination: Lutheran

Saint: Luke

Address: Tenth Street, Snowtown, South Australia, 5520

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Ngadjuri, Kaurna people

Last Updated: 05/05/2024

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History and Architecture:

The first Lutheran settler in the Snowtown area was Gottlieb Ferdinand Welke who settled there in 1873. More families arrived in later years and formed the Condowie congregation.

However the first Lutheran services in Snowtown were conducted in 1951 by Pastor R.F. Blaess of Balaclava under the ELCA banner. Numbers were small and services transferred to Lochiel by 1961.

Around the same time St John's Condowie were holding talks about forming a congregation in Snowtown itself and on 3 July 1960 the first service was held in the Snowtown Methodist Hall. By July 1961 two blocks of land had been purchased.

The Foundation stone of the current church was laid on 9 October 1966. The Architect was Drogemuller and Pudney. The church was to seat 114 persons. The builder was C and R Ouwerkerk of Snowtown. The dedication service was held on 18 December 1966.


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
1960 - 1966 Pastor Arnold Herbert Schmidt ULCA 1925 1992
1967 - 1967 Pastor Emil Paul Gerhard Kriewaldt LCA 1870 1916
1967 - 1971 Pastor Friedrich Wilhelm Stolz LCA 1915 2019
1972 - 1978 Pastor Leslie Willam Auricht LCA 1928 2018
1979 - 1981 Pastor Walter John Hoopmann LCA 1918 2009
1982 - 1988 Pastor John David Keller LCA
1988 - 1994 Pastor James Ernest Prenzler LCA
1995 - 1999 Pastor Julian Roger Martin Bayha LCA
2000 - 2007 Pastor David J. Eckermann LCA
2008 - 2012 Pastor Tristan Klein LCA
2013 - 2018 Pastor James N. Leach LCA
2020 - Pastor Gregory Ernest Vangsness LCA


No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.


1. Lutheran Archives with permission.