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St. John's German Lutheran

St. John’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church-Baltimore

This congregation began in a small frame chapel on the rear of a lot on Biddle street, near Pennsylvania avenue, about 1847. The Rev. Mr. Heier was the first pastor, but held this position only nine months, when he was succeeded by the Rev. G. H. Brandau. In the early part of his administration a new church was built. It was dedicated December 18, 1853. Until 1869 the Rev. Mr. Brandau remained in charge. He was succeeded by the Rev. J. Muller, who served until 1873. The Rev. B. Sickel was pastor for one year following. The Rev. N. Burkhart became pastor in 1874. His administration was most successful, the membership of the church was 700. The congregation owned a suitable parsonage near the church.

562 West Biddle Street, Baltimore MD (1901 Baltimore City Directory-intersection no longer exists)

Sunpaper Article-St. John's 50th Anniversary (October 5, 1896)

Sunpaper Article-Rev. Aufderhaar comes to St. John's (August 18, 1907)

Sunpaper Article announcing the formal reopening and festival of St. John's (September 18, 1909)

The 1903 Baltimore Polk Directory lists the pastor as Rev. N. Burkhart. A 1909 Sunpaper article names W.H. Aufderhaar as the pastor and also announces that the Mission Society held their picnic in Grieb's Park on August 12th (Sunpaper, August 15, 1909 Page, 21)


Pastors of St. John’s

Rev. Father Heier

Rev. G.H. Brandau           1847-1869

Rev. J. Muller                   1869-1873

Rev. B. Sickel                  1873-1873

Rev. N. Burkhart             1874-1903 (the last record I could find of the church)

Rev. W. H. Aufderhaar    1909