Walla Walla, NSW - Zion Lutheran

Denomination: Lutheran

Address: 17 Commercial Street, Walla Walla, New South Wales, 2659

Architect: R. Rahnenfuhrer

Last Updated: 22/04/2024

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History and Architecture:

The original Lutheran church was built from white granite in 1872. The present Zion Lutheran Church was built in 1924 and it is the largest Lutheran Church in New South Wales, with seating for almost 600 people. The church is characterised by its stained glass windows and its massive pipe organ.

A second church, built of sandstone mined a few kilometres to the east of Walla Walla, was dedicated in 1889. (This building, minus its steeple, still stands and is to the north of the present church building). Twenty years later, this second church became too small for the growing congregation and the present (third) church building was planned. It was dedicated in 1924 and has been used for worship services since that time.

The third church building was designed by Mr R. Rahnenfuhrer of Germany. The builders were Messrs C Hardy & Co of Wagga Wagga, using bricks made at the Culcairn brickworks. Most of the wood used in the building and furniture came from Canada. In recent years the roof of the church has been replaced and internal rods have been installed to strengthen the walls.

Clergy:

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
1869 - 1872 Pastor J. G. Klemke UELCA
1872 - 1886 Pastor Theodore Immanuel Egan UELCA 1846 1932
1886 - 1933 Pastor Gottlob A. Simpfendoerfer UELCA 1858 1933
1870 - Mr J. Urban Lay Reader
1876 - Mr A. Mickan Lay Reader
1892 - Mr W. F. Lubke Lay Reader
1895 - Mr J. T. Wenke Lay Reader
1896 - 1928 Mr A. Mickan Lay Reader
1918 - Mr G. Lubke Lay Reader
1918 - Mr E. J. Grosse Lay Reader
1923 - 1958 Mr J. H. Kohlhagen Lay Reader
1925 - 1953 Pastor Johannes Theodor Paul Stolz UELCA 1902 1982
1937 - 1950 Mr Johannes Gottfried Simpfendoerfer Lay Reader 1891 1949
1951 - Mr L. H. Schirmer Lay Reader
1952 - Mr T. A. Grosse Lay Reader
1952 - Mr N. E. Graetz Lay Reader
1953 - 1959 Pastor Siegfried Helmuth Held UELCA 1916 1992
1960 - 1964 Pastor Herbert Paul Vincent Renner UELCA 1927 2022
1964 - 1969 Pastor Paul Eugene Albers LCA 1924 2020
1964 - 1969 Pastor Theodor Carl Prenzler Col Chap 1931 2021
1964 - 1969 Pastor Thomas Theodore Reuther Col Chap
1964 - 1969 Pastor David Theodor Strelan LCA Col Chap
1967 - Mr F. Gollasch LCA
1970 - 1974 Pastor Peter Eric Mickan LCA 1927 2009
1972 - 1973 Pastor Keith Cedric Herrmann LCA
1973 - 1979 Pastor Robert Kenneth Fechner LCA
1975 - 1979 Pastor Keith Otto Douglas Nagel LCA 1923 2007
1980 - 1985 Pastor Arthur Charles Rathjen LCA 1931 2015
1986 - 1990 Pastor Douglas John Radke LCA 1933 1990
1986 - 1989 Pastor Garry William Kenney LCA
1989 - 1994 Pastor Stephen John Pietsch LCA
1991 - 2000 Pastor Lester David Priebbenow LCA
2000 - 2007 Pastor Robert Philip Bartholomaeus LCA
2008 - 2014 Pastor Darren M. Kupke LCA
2017 - 2021 Pastor D. C. Mueller LCA

Organ:

The Organ was built in 1869 George Fincham and rebfurbished in 1967 by Laurie Pipe Organs (2m., 27 sp.st., 8c., el. pn.)
For a full description and photos click here.

Source:

1. Wikapedia
2. Church website.
3. Centenary of Zion Lutheran Congregation Walla Walla New South Wales 100 years history 1869 - 1969. H 284. 194 CEN
4. Lutheran Archives with permission.
4. Organ Historical Trust of Australia with permission.