Wangaratta, VIC - St John's Lutheran

Year Built: 1953

Denomination: Lutheran

Saint: John

Address: 3 Orwell Street, Wangaratta, Victoria, 3677

Architect: Unknown

Traditional Owners: Yorta Yorta people

Last Updated: 27/04/2024

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History and Architecture:

The beginnings of the church were under the auspices of the UELCA and the ELSA.

The first divine service was held of the U.L.C.A. was conducted on Monday 7 August 1933 in the home of Mr and Mrs K.J. Lieschke and the service was conducted by Pastor J.T.P. Stolz.

Services continued to be held in private homes and the Masonic Lodge hall until 1936 when the Presbyterian church became the palce of worship.

In 1948 two blocks of land were purchased and brother T Wettern and brother W Semmler were donating land as well. Early in 1950 bricks were made and the foundations were laid in mid 1952. The Fondation stone was laid on 15 February 1953 and was dedicated by Pastor Th Harms with 350 people attending. The bell of the church was cast by Michael Gottschling in Jindera NSW.

Clergy:

These names are now in the Database and can be searched individually.

Years Name Annotation D.o.B D.o.D
1933 - 1936 Pastor J. T.P Stolz UELCA
1936 - 1939 Pastor H. Linke UELCA
1939 - 1944 Pastor Bruno Eberhard Muetzelfeldt UELCA 1918 2002
1944 - 1949 Pastor C. E. Scheer UELCA
1949 - 1950 Pastor H. Strauss UELCA
1950 - 1952 Pastor M. Winkler UELCA
1953 - 1960 Pastor W. Wandel UELCA
1960 - 1964 Pastor J. E. Materne UELCA
1964 - 1966 Pastor L Musinskis UELCA 1922 2008
1933 - 1957 Pastor Theo Harms ELSA
1957 - 1959 Pastor C. W. Appelt ELSA 2001
1960 - 1962 Pastor J. G. Strelan ELSA
1962 - 1963 Pastor Theo Harms ELSA
1963 - 1966 Pastor E. I Harms ELSA
1963 - 1967 Pastor E. Harms LCA
1967 - 1973 Pastor Scholz LCA
1973 - 1978 Pastor D. J. Wundersitz LCA
1979 - 1990 Pastor J. M.B. Renner LCA 1930 2017
1992 - 1999 Pastor G. P. Havelberg LCA
2000 - 2004 Pastor M. Scharnke LCA
2004 - 2008 Pastor R. W. Schulze LCA
2009 - 2012 Pastor P. A. Hage LCA
2013 - 2021 Pastor J. W. Klein LCA
2021 - Pastor H. J. Beard LCA

Organ:

No information currently available. Submissions welcomed.

Source:

1. The History of the Lutheran Church Wangaratta SLT 284.19455 H62
2. History of the Lutheran Church Wangaratta Victoria. NE 284. 19455 HIS
3. Lutheran Archives with permission.