St. John’s celebrated their 150th anniversary today, September 10, 2017. Pastor Glenn Hohlt and I presided. 

This congregation still has the old tradition of ushering people out by pew at the end of the service.

St. John’s was founded by Pastor John Conrad Roehm (1822-1902), who was one of the six pastors sent by the St. Chrischona School in Basel Switzerland. Roehm was born in Metzingen, Wuerttemberg, Germany. 

Landing in Galveston in 1851, he did missionary service along Llano river serving Leiningen, Castell, Schoenburg and Mason in Texas. He served Trinity Lutheran Church in Frelsburg, Texas, Ross Prairie (Ellinger), Fayetteville, New Bremen, Pagel Settlement, Rockhouse, Hallettsville, Content, Weimar, Schulenburg, High Hill, East Navidad, Black Jack Springs, La Grange, Bluff, New Ulm, San Bernardo, Biegel Settlement, Cat Spring, Columbus, Alleyton and First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Galveston, Texas. 

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