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About Our Church


Who We Are

St. Peter’s long history began when early settlers of German descent established a community in what is now Lancaster, Ohio. In 1804, the first “traveling preacher,” Father Johannes Stauch, visited Lancaster. A year later, the Ministerium of Pennsylvania, which had organized on August 15, 1748, as the first Lutheran synod in the colonies, sent the Reverend William Forster to the territory. Taking with him the list furnished by Reverend Stauch, the trail of Reverend Forster’s journey can be traced by the location of Lutheran churches in Fairfield, Franklin, and Perry counties, as well as other areas in Central Ohio. His report to the Ministerium in 1806 indicated that he had gathered a group of Lutherans in Lancaster. The result is the founding of what is now the oldest, existing Lutheran congregation in the State of Ohio, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lancaster. Among our treasured possessions is a German Bible dated 1697. The last German worship service conducted at St. Peter’s was held in 1918.

The founders knew that a building does not make a church. A church is the people of God who come together as a body of believers to carry on the ministry of Jesus Christ. It is in that same spirit, through God’s grace, that we have grown to become the congregation we are today. We have worshipped in homes, a courthouse, a chapel, a log church, a canal church, and in our present church home.

Our servant ministry to one another and the community has been enriched through the gifts of many devoted members, faithful teachers, gifted youth leaders, talented musicians, and some sixteen pastors during our two centuries as God’s church in this community.

As we celebrated the congregation’s bicentennial in 2005, we looked at who we are. We have been, are now, and always will be, members of the same community of disciples and servants of Christ. We hold the Holy Bible to be the inspired Word of God and the rule of faith by which we live. We celebrate the Lord’s Supper together as baptized children of God. We reach out to serve others in God’s name through numerous ministries and with a holy hospitality that befits a house of God. We then say for the past, “We thank thee,” for the present, “Do we please thee?” and for the future, “How may we serve thee?”.