History of Our Congregation

St. John's Lutheran Church | 391 Mount Hope Road, Middletown, NY 10940 | 845.342.1963 | stjohnsmiddletown@gmail.com

St. John's Lutheran Church was founded in 1898 by a small but faithful community of believers.  In 1899 property was purchased at the corner of Linden & Franklin Streets for $3,000. Services were held in the basement of the parsonage and the church incorporated under the name St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church.

In 1902 St. John's joined the New York Lutheran Ministerium. 1903 brought a new Estey Chapel Organ to the church for the price of $175 and the formation of the Martha Society for youth, which later became the Luther League. 1906 saw the church become debt free. In 1909 Worship Services were conducted in both English and German. The Good Shepherd window was presented and the cornerstone for the new church was laid in 1913. St. John's discontinued services in German in 1935 and had a full-time pastor in 1938 after a congregation in Chester dissolved.

After many discussions and serious consideration, "Renew and Rejoice" kicked off in 1977. The church needed to temporarily relocate, worshiping at AHRC for two years while our new home on Mt. Hope was being built.  The new church was dedicated in 1985. Wagner Hall, large kitchen and Sunday School classrooms were added in 1995.

St. John's is an active community of believers, there is always something happening within our church home along with reaching out into the communities in which we live. These activities reflect our many talents and gifts. Our light is truly shining for others to see and share with us the good news of Christ. We seem to always have food on the table and an open door.

Our new Sanctuary was dedicated in October 2009.  Our doors are always open to receive family, friends and guests. New members classes are held on a steady basis as our family is constantly growing. Our Confirmation and Sunday School classes are steadily getting larger. Tomorrow our children will be telling stories of the Saints of today.