History

ENGLISH LUTHERAN CHURCH IS CELEBRATING 175 YEARS IN 2018!
           
175th Anniversary Worship Service
January 21,2018
Pastor Margarethe Gailbraith-Cordes
Sister Mildred McCracken
Bishop Kurt Kusserow
Pastor Beverly Banyay
Pastor Robert Keplinger


In 1821, the people who lived in the town of  Zelienople and the surrounding rural area shared a common German heritage and sermons were in the German tongue.

St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church, the Mother Church, was organized  by early settlers from Germany.  Worship services were conducted in German, the language of the people who founded the town of Zelienople about twenty years earlier.
 
As other emigrants joined the community and the young people grew up, they requested that the sermons be delivered in English.

Bishop John Gottlob Christian Schweizerbath of St. Paul Lutheran Church called Pastor Bassler to fill this need.  The "English" Evangelical Lutheran Church of Zelienople was born out of a vision to respond to differing needs, specifically to have worship in the English language. 

A constitution was presented on January 21, 1843.  This date became the official anniversary date of the new church, The English Evangelical Lutheran Church.

Zelienople is blessed to have two Lutheran congregations within a block of each other.  Their beautiful sanctuaries represent a rich history of enriching the lives of their members and those of the surrounding community.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Then.....

English Lutheran Church Postcard

Now.....