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History of Baltimore City & County; John Thomas Scharf, 1881, J.B. Lippencott & Company, publishers, Philadelphia PA.

Centennial History of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Maryland 1820-1920, Wentz 


History of Baltimore 1729-1898, Elliott  (Published 1898 S.B. Nelson, Publisher)

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Broadway M.E. Church (German)


The church as organized among the Germans by Rev. A. Miller.  The first location of the church was on the corner of Lombard and Bond Streets.  The cornerstone was laid on October 10, 1844 and the building dedicated by Bishop Waugh on January 26, 1845.  In September 1849, the board of trustees sold the building to Rev. Robert Piggott for the purpose of an Episcopal Church.  The current congregation moved to Ann Street, south of Eastern Avenue.  The cornerstone was laid for the new church on June 5, 1854 and the dedication on April 22, 1855.  Subsequently, the site was sold and a new church built on Broadway.

Harford Avenue German M.E. Church:  In 1893 a mission of Broadway was dedicated at Harford Avenue and Federal Street, the Harford Avenue M.E. German Chapel.

Christ Reformed Congregation

In June, 1889, the Rev. A. M. Schmidt was commissioned by the Board of Missions of the Reformed Church to begin a work in the northern part of the city.  The congregation was organized by him on the corner of Druid Hill and North Avenue, where a frame chapel was erected. He remained in charge until June, 1892, when he was succeeded by the Rev. W. I. Stewart. The membership in 1898 was one hundred and seventy-five.

Christ Reformed merged with Bethany as Messiah Reformed. It merged in 1958 to Associate Congregational (a 1900 merger of First Congregational (1865) and Associate Reformed Presbyterian (1787) as Messiah United Church of Christ (UCC).

Fifth German Reformed-Pratt & Broadway Sts.Fifth German Reformed Church a.k.a.  St. Paul's Evangelical

The first church was situated on Canton Avenue, east of Broadway and was dedicated on October 3, 1858.  The church was seriously damaged by fire on November 8, 1866 and rebuilt on March 17, 1867, by Rev. Grimm.  The pastor in 1881 was Rev. Marcus Bachman.  He served the church from 1864 until another serious fire damaged the church in 1904.  The last service to be held at this church was February 7, 1904.  The property was sold.   The church disbanded in 1935.  Several years ago, when searching for the church that married my Great-grandparents, which was the Fifth German Reformed, the building was being used for a ‘Goodwill’ center.  On July 4, 2010, the church was found not being used at all.

Many of the records for this church may be found at:

Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society

555 W. James Street

Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-290-8734 (Please call before visiting to assure staff will be available to assist)


First German Baptist Church

The first movement looking toward a German Baptist congregation was made in 1855. There were then about five German Baptists in the city attending various congregations. The Rev. K. A. Fleishmann, editor of the "Sendbote," Philadelphia, was invited by one of these, Mr. John L. Rappold, a member of the Seventh Church, to come to Baltimore and investigate the field. He came and preached and baptized two persons. From this time the German Baptists began to meet regularly, but it was not until January, 1859, when their number had increased to twelve, that they organized a church in a chapel on Hill street.  The Rev. J. E. Meuri. formerly a Roman Catholic priest, became their pastor. In 1860 they numbered twenty-seven; in 186 1, sixty-two. In 1860 the congregation joined the Association. The Rev. Mr. Meuri resigned in 1862 to return to Germany. For three years the congregation kept together without any pastoral oversight and then fell into dissensions and dissolved.

An attempt was made in 1865 to revive the church.  The Board invited the Rev. Henry Schneider, of Rochester, N. Y., to locate here as a missionary. A new church was organized with twenty-six members. It met first in Rechabite Hall, Fayette Street, and afterwards at Wildey Hall, East Pratt Street.  Mr. Schneider met with great success and erected a church at the corner of Caroline and Hampstead Streets at a cost of $4,000. He resigned in July, 1869, and was succeeded by the Rev. Henry F. Miller, who continued until June 1, 1874, when he was compelled to resign through the loss of his voice. He brought the membership up to 120. For the next two years the Rev. J. Fellman labored faithfully. There were several short pastorates, with long intervals, until May, 1881, when the Rev. J. C. Craft accepted the charge. The membership had dwindled to seventy-six. The pastor  in 1895 was the Rev. George A. Sheets. The membership was, at that time,  seventy-two.

German Evangelical Lutheran Concordia Church
Established in 1893 when a church was erected at Walbrook Avenue, near Payson Street, this church was first led by Rev. J.J. Burkhart and later by Rev. L. Brendel.  There were over 200 families associated to this church, but information is slim. The 1903 Polk Directory lists the address as 2145 Walbrook Avenue and the pastor as Rev. Geo. Esmann.

German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Peace (also called Prince of Peace)
2013 Gough Street, Baltimore, Maryland
The Rev. George Albrecht, a native of Braunschweig, Germany, formed this church  February 5, 1892.  It was organized as a Mission of the General Synod of the Lutheran Church.  The congregation rented and later purchased the old Shaffer M.E. church located then on Gough Street near Washington.  The property was improved with a parsonage added in 1894.  In 1892, Rev. Albrecht resigned to take an appointment with the missionaries in India.  The Rev. Richard Schmidt was his replacement.   Rev. Schmidt was the pastor of St. Matthew's German Lutheran Church in Hagerstown.  The regular worship was conducted in German, but provisions were made in the constitution for the use of English whenever a majority of the members felt it was advisable. Later directories indicate that the church moved to 741-745 North Lakewood Avenue.

German Evangelical Lutheran Jerusalem Church
The congregation was founded in the suburbs of Gardenville about 1845.  It is located on Belair Avenue.  It was a two story brick building with Sunday School rooms housed below the church.  The membership was at one time very large.  The pastor in 1895 was Rev. Mr. Ruff.

German Evangelical Lutheran Zion's Church
This church was located on Canton Street (now Fleet Street) in Canton and was built in approximately 1870 under the administration of Rev. Dr. A. Schwartz.  It was a brick building with a good parachial school building also owned by the congregation.  There was also a parsonage.  At one time (turn of the last century) there were over 200 families associated with this church. 

German Reformed Church of Peace
On March 13, 1893 the church was organized.  The Rev. Henry Wieger was the first pastor.  A lot was purchased in 1893 at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Cumberland Street on which the church was dedicated in 1894.  The ground and building cost approximately $15,000. Again we have additional information for this address.  The MGS Journal lists a church at 601-605 Cumberland Avenue.  The church names given  Friedens/Concordia/Bethany Reformed Church.  The tenure listed was 1893-1931, which fits and the Denomination was Reformed.

The name was changed to Bethany German Reformed in 1921.

Christ Reformed merged with Bethany as Messiah Reformed. It merged in 1958 to Associate Congregational (a 1900 merger of First Congregational (1865) and Associate Reformed Presbyterian (1787) as Messiah United Church of Christ (UCC).

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Light Street German M.E. Church


The church was on Light Street above West and was dedicated on August 3, 1873.  The congregation was organized in 1868.

Mount Zion Lutheran Church-Frederick

Source:  Centennial History of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Maryland 1820-1920, Wentz

This congregation precedes St. Paul's, of Jefferson, in the time of organization. The church was  built in 1819. It was located a little over four miles from Jefferson and about the same distance from Frederick, about a mile inland from the state road, on an elevation, in view of St. Luke's three-quarters of a mile distant.  Rev. D. F. Schaeffer, D.D., served this congregation from Frederick.

It was during his ministry that a stone building was constructed jointly by Reformed and Lutherans. It continued to be a union church until about 1880, when the Lutherans bought the Reformed interest for one dollar, the latter locating at Feagaville. The Lutherans continued to be served by the pastors from Frederick until 1840. It was during Rev. S. W. Harkey's pastorate  that Mount Zion, with the Manor congregation, was "relinquished" and became part of  the Jefferson charge.

In 1885 there was a desire to construct a new church but on account of a disagreement as to the location of the new building, a small part of the constituency of Mount Zion congregation withdrew.

The remaining members built a new brick church on the same site on which the original church was located, during the pastorate of Rev. W. H. Settlemeyer. at a cost of $1,800. While there were a few that withdrew because of the decision of the location of the new Mount Zion, there were those who followed.  There have been losses to the congregation by death and families moving from the area, but the church maintained its existence.  In the will os Messrs. Rehr and Smith, the church received generous remembrances.

The most common family name in the congregation was Fulmer.

Mount Zion (Haugh's) Lutheran Church-Woodboro

Source:  Centennial History of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Maryland 1820-1920, Wentz

Mount Zion is six years older in its organization than Woodsboro. It was established in the year 1799. Like Woodsboro, it, too, at first was a union church Lutheran and Reformed. The old church was a typical one of the times. It had a high pulpit and gallery on three sides.

Like Woodsboro, Mount Zion also felt that a half century of time was long enough for them to learn to go it alone. So they secured ground and built a stone church across the road from the old site. This church stood for many years and was used for worship by the congregation until the year 1904 and 1905. Then a new beautiful brick church was erected. The promoters of the new building were : E. O. Cash, Edwin Sharetts, Frederick Mehring, John Riehl and others.  The plans were adopted and the building was nearing completion when the vacancy of the pastorate was filled in 1905, by the calling of Rev. Poffenberger.

Some of the honored family names connected with the church are: Sharretts, Biehl, Birely, Cash, Krons, Warner, Mehring, Cover, Garver, Eyler, and others who are worthy also of mention.

The council in 1920 was composed of the following: Elders-Bealt, Devilbiss, E.O.  Cash, William Mehring. Deacons Milton Miller, Harry Leatherman, Emery Warner and Lewis W a r n e r. Charles Garver was the superintendent of the Sunday school.

The congregation enrolled among its members some of the most liberal and loyal supporters of the Tressler's Orphan Home at Loysville. Pa. Children's Day is a sort of rally day for this worthy institution and the Mount Zion Sunday school ranks high in the synod with its offerings for the Home on that day.

Pennsylvania Avenue M.E. Church (German)


The church then located at the corner of Pennsylvania Avenue and Mosher Street was founded in 1847 by the Rev. Mr. Brenner, and the erection of the church building begun in 1848.  The basement was dedicated on November 26, 1848 and the entire building on December 9, 1849.  It was formerly known as the Western German Mission.  In 1873 the old building was demolished and on March 1, 1874 a new building dedicated.

St. Jacobus' Lutheran Church

Early address is listed as 413-415 North Schroeder Street.  The church was in use from 1869 to 1871.  It had a very short tenure, so could have possibly been renamed.  The later address was at 757-761 George Street.  The denomination was Lutheran and the directory has it listed with a Rev. Beer.  

St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church

This church is also an offshoot from St. Peter's Church. In 1894 it was organized by members from the latter, who were dismissed for this purpose. It purchased a good church property from the Methodists, at the corner of Hanover and Hamburg streets, at the low cost of $3,000. It consists of church edifice and parsonage, and is built of brick. The congregation was organized under the Rev. C. A. F. Hufnagle. The pastor who succeeded him, was the Rev. W. E. Tressel, a son of the pastor of St. Peter's Lutheran Church.  St. James merged in 1962 with Pastor Lowell Thompson as pastor.  See St. Stephen’s and James. 

See also Maryland State Archives
Records at the Maryland Archives MSA S 1512-1889 (00/59/06/28)

St. Jerome's Roman Catholic Church

769 W. Hamburg Street Baltimore Maryland
The church was founded in 1887 to serve the German immigrants in Pigtown.  Located at the corner of Scott and Hamburg (later address was indicated as 1001 Scott Street).  In 2004, St. Jerome's merged with St. Martins of Tours in Franklin Square (Irish/German parish) and with St. Peter the Apostle at Poppleton Street (Irish parish), to become the Transfiguration Catholic Community Church.

St. Johannes’ German Reformed Church

218 N. Calvert Street
The first building was at North Calvert Street between  Saratoga and Lexington and was organized in June 1845.  It was purchased from the Baptists for $5,500 in 1846 [Directories indicated that this church, 'the Third/Calvert Street Baptist' was vacated].  The 1880 Baltimore City Directory lists it as a German church. The pastor was Rev. C. Borchers. (Another source states that the first pastor was Rev. John Kessler).  Another early minister was Rev. P. Weinand (1895).

St. Marcus’ German Evangelical Lutheran Church/St. Mark's German Lutheran Church-Baltimore


101-107 North Broadway

The church is situated at the corner of Broadway and Fairmount Avenue.  It was organized on November 3, 1867 by about sixty heads of families.  The congregation began worshipping at Powhatan Hall on the corner of Pratt and Bond Streets.  The church  was dedicated on August 14, 1870.  The first pastor was W.F. Seeger.


The congregation was associated with the Maryland Synod until November, 1873, when it connected with the Joint Synod of Ohio and adjacent States.  The church had over 600 communicants at the end of the last century.  The 1903 Polk Directory lists the church as St. Mark's German. 

(photos at left courtesy K. Weber)

Pastors of St. Marcus’

Rev. W.F. Seeger                     1870

Rev. Hermann Veith                 1870-1873

Rev. John Hoerr                       1873

Rev. Jacob Mueller                  1903



St. Luke’s
German Evangelical Lutheran Church
900 S. Eutaw Street, Baltimore, MD.

This church was an offshoot of St. Stephen’s and was organized in 1864 by Rev. L.F. Zimmermann.   The congregation originally worshipped at the chapel on Henrietta Street near Eutaw.  Henrietta no longer joins at Eutaw.  The cornerstone of the church was laid on May 27, 1866 and dedicated on December 26, 1866.  The early pastor was Rev. John Keller.  The pastor in 1895 was Rev. John Wittke ( a member of the Pennsylvania Ministerium). The church was, however, independent. After 1922 the church moved to 1301 W. Fayette Street and in 1957, it became St. Luke's United Church of Christ and moved to Baltimore County.

Many of the records for this church may be found at:

The Maryland Archives
MSA SC 3979   Film 1677


Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society

555 W. James Street

Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-290-8734 (Please call before visiting to assure staff will be available to assist)



St. Matthew’s German Lutheran Church-Washington County

The St. Matthew's German Lutheran Church on Antietam Street, was founded in 1871, and the congregation was organized on June 19th of that year.  Work was commenced on the church during the next fall, and the edifice was completed in the spring, the dedication of the church occurred on May 26, 1872. The first church council was as follows: Lewis Heist, Y. Maisack, William Schlotterbeck, Christian Thomas, Jacob Schneider, Wolfgang Brey, Henry Darnberger, Peter Rauth, G. Grebncr, John Brey.  The first pastor was Rev. J. J. Dietrich, who was succeeded by Rev. C. Steinhauer.

After him came Rev. J. G. Reitz, who immediately preceded the present pastor. Rev. G. H. Brandon. 

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church-Beaver Creek

Source:  Centennial History of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod in Maryland 1820-1920, Wentz
Church Website:

This congregation was organized about 1845 by the pastor of the Funkstown charge. The   cornerstone of the building was laid April 12,  1845 and the church was completed and dedicated that same year. The congregation has never been a large one; the organization began with fifty-two members, and in 1920 there were fifty-eight.

St. Matthew's had been served through most of its history by the pastors of the Funkstown charge, of which it was a part. But in 1908 it withdrew from the Funkstown charge and attached itself to the Boonsboro charge. Since that date it was served by the pastors of the Boonsboro Church.

The council in 1920 was composed of Messrs. Frank Funk, Henry Long, Elias Baker,  John Newcomer,  Clifford Houpt, and John Hose. The superintendent of the Sunday school was Mr. Elias Baker.

The church itself stands on a beautiful elevation near the handsome edifice of the Disciples' Church and the Beaver Creek High School.

Location of the church:

9714 Beaver Creek Church Rd.
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Phone: (301) 739-0116

St. Paul’s (English) Reformed Church

This was an offshoot of the Third Reformed and could have been established due to the language issue and therefore the ‘English’ in its title.  It began as a Sunday School that was organized on Pennsylvania Avenue near Townsend Street in 1872.  A little later services were held at Cook's Hall, which was located on the southeast corner of Baltimore and Calhoun Streets, which is where the congregation was organized in 1878. The church purchased the Northwest Mission church on Lexington Street near Carrollton Avenue in 1879.  Some of the early pastors included Rev. M.L. Firor, the Rev. W.J. Johnson, Rev. Frank Lambadder and Rev. Lloyd E. Coblentz.  The church helped to establish four missions in the late 1890s.

St. Paul's English merged to Third Reformed in 1947 as Park Community Church.  It disbanded in 1970.

Many of the records for this church may be found at:

Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society

555 W. James Street

Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-290-8734 (Please call before visiting to assure staff will be available to assist)



St. Peter’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church

There is conflicting information about this specific church.  One source (church index at the Maryland Archives) lists the church location at 402 S. Bond Street, which is today, St. Vincent DePaul's Beans and Bread.  It is near Eastern Avenue.  It notes that it was an active church from 1869-1893 with no previous address and no later address.  The denomination was Lutheran and the congregation was German.  It is listed in the 1880 Baltimore City Directory.  Another source names the church and states it was located at the corner of Fayette and East Streets.  The cornerstone was laid on March 28, 1875.  Early pastor, Rev. C.A. Schlorgle (also Schloeger).  There are also records that this congregation, which was located at Bond near Eastern was active until 1892 and in 1892 became Bethany.   It has also been documented that the church fell upon difficult times and was insolvent.  At the death of Rev. Schlorgle, they disbanded.  There are several factories and residential homes in this area. 

Information from a Civil War Pension file in the National Archives indicate that the Rev. C.A. Schlorgle resided at 169 S. Bond Street.  Another Civil War pension record for a William Keiner (3rd MD Infantry) contained a statement indicating that William and Annie Keiner were married at the German Evangelical Lutheran Church on South Bond Street on April 18, 1864.   The statement was dated October 13, 1886, which does confirm the information found regarding the church being active until 1892. 

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St. Peter's German Independent Lutheran Church


A brick church owned by the Baptists on the corner of Eager and Broadway was the beginning of this congregation in 1886.  On November 28, 1886, the new congregation was organized by the Rev. Dr. Kaessman, who was succeeded a few years later by Rev. W. Batz.  The congregation grew and pastor Batz was succeeded by the Rev. Jacob Burkhart.  The Baltimore City directory in 1890 lists the German church at Eager nr. Broadway.  A Baltimore Sunpaper article dated October 17, 1887, 'The Evangelical St. Peter's Lutheran Church' formerly Grace Baptist Church on Eager Street..was dedicated yesterday'.  The 1903 Polk Directory lists the pastor as Rev. F.C. Verwiebe and was listed as St. Petri.  The church later moved to Oliver and Collington and became Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The congregation and church records are maintained at 4815 Hamilton Ave.  The history is described at

St. Stephen's German Reformed Church

This church was established by the Bi-Synodic Board of Home Missions at the earnest solicitation of the pastors of the Reformed churches of Baltimore. The Rev. Charles W. Levan, of Easton, Pa., was called by the Board to become the pastor. He entered on his duties March 1, 1892. On the May 22nd  the first public service was held in Smith's Hall on Twentieth Street near Charles Street. This congregation was first known as the "North Baltimore Reformed Mission." In June, 1892, a lot at the corner of Guilford Avenue and 23rd Street was purchased by a kind friend and presented to the mission. On June 25, 1893, the church was dedicated. The congregation was organized on June 29, 1893, under the name of St. Stephen's Reformed Church, with a membership of thirty-five persons. The church was built of Port Deposit granite and of brick. It cost $9,855. The Mission had a parsonage erected adjacent to the church.  The membership was 75 in 1898.  The church merged to First Reformed as First and St. Stephen's.  It moved to Stoneleigh in 1928.

Many of the records for this church may be found at:

Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society

555 W. James Street

Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-290-8734 (Please call before visiting to assure staff will be available to assist)



Second Evangelical Church

In 1848 a plain two-story brick church edifice was erected by this congregation at the corner of McElderry and Short streets. It was dedicated in February, 1849. On September 5, 1869, it was rededicated, having been extensively improved. It was again improved in 1895. The communicants numbered, in 1898 150, and the Sunday-school had 120 pupils. A parsonage was owned across the street from the church. The pastor in 1898 was the Rev. H. Weisshaar, who entered upon the charge in 1897.

The Emmanuel or Sixth German Reformed

This was also an offshoot of the Fourth German Reformed, also called the Second Street Church.  The congregation worshipped for a time at a Hall (China Hall) on West Baltimore Street, but in June 1868 dedicated their own new church building on the northwest corner of Saratoga and Schroeder Streets.  The Rev. John Voegeling was the first pastor and the pastor in 1881 was Rev. J. Conrad Hauser. 

Third Church of the United Brethren

This congregation began its history in 1869 and dedicated was on March 21 of that year. It was situated on the corner of Lombard and Fulton streets. The first pastor was the Rev. John A. Sand. In 1898 the  pastor was the Rev. J. M. Walters. Services were conducted in both the English and the German languages. The membership was in 1898 225.

Third Evangelical Church

This congregation started as a mission of the First Evangelical Church. Its brick chapel was erected in 1887 at a cost of $5,000. It was situated on Cross and Nanticote streets. The pastor in 1898 was the Rev. T. Weber.  The church had a very small congregation.    It became independent in 1898. The MGS Journal address is 1101-1105 W. Cross Street.  It states its tenure was 1888-1908 and the Denomination as 'Evangelical Association'.  The 1901 Directory states Evangelical Association-Cross Street and Nanticoke. 

Third Reformed Church

301-305 North Paca Street

Church located at Paca and Saratoga Streets was an offshoot of the Second Street Church (First Reformed).  The church was dedicated on February 2, 1845 and the Pastor was Rev. Dr. Wolff.  Another early pastor was Rev. C. Clever. It appears that the church later moved to 3606 Mohawk Avenue and disbanded in the mid 1940s. 


When we went to look for the church on July 4, 2010, we found a parking lot opposite the St. Jude Shrine. 

Many of the records for this church may be found at:

Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society

555 W. James Street

Lancaster, PA 17603

Phone: 717-290-8734 (Please call before visiting to assure staff will be available to assist)


Trinity Reformed Church

This was the first of five congregations to be organized in consequence of the increased missionary activity. It was located on Third Avenue in Woodberry. It was begun in 1883 by the Rev. Messrs. Firor, Zinkham, Clever, D. D., Rossiter, D. D., and Stanley, D. D. The congregation was organized September 14. 1884. The church was erected the same year at a cost of $5,500. Pastor Rev. E. R. Deatrick, assumed charge May 10, 1884.  The church disbanded in 2005.

Zion Reformed Church

This congregation was organized in 1874. The first pastor was the Rev. Mr. Neff followed by Rev. Mr. Nerger. The church was located at the corner of Aisquith and Edward Streets.  It moved to Perry Hall in 1979.  In 1999 it merged to the City's Faith and St. Mark's Church at the Perry Hall location.  The latter was a 1956 merger of Faith Reforemd (1887) and St. Mark's Reformed (1900).  If you have additional information, please contact us at

Zion United Church of Christ-Frostburg

Zion United Church of Christ is the oldest church building in Frostburg, built in 1846 by
the English Lutherans, sold to the German Lutherans in 1865, and now United Church of Christ. Tower and entrance date from 1880, when the roof was raised to accommodate stained glass windows, imported from Germany.


301-689-2821 Address: 160 East Main Street
Frostburg, MD 21532