The German Churches


Zion Lutheran Church of the City of Baltimore 

At the center of the early German community in Maryland was their church.  The church was the meeting place, not only to practice your faith, but to maintain your culture.  The church was the center of many of our ancestors' social lives.  Many of the early churches provided the immigrants with the service in their native tongue.  As you will see many of these churches maintained a German service and later added English services.  Estimates put early populations as one third Catholic and two thirds Protestant, primarily Lutheran and Reformed.  Zion Church in the City of Baltimore continues to offer a German service each Sunday morning.

Some notes about the early churches

What is a 'Union' Church?

In the first decade of the 1900s, 30 churches offered services in German. 

In 1929 there were 22 churches in and around Baltimore where the services were done wholly or in part, in German.

 John Foertschbeck, Sr. 'German Catholic Parishes of Maryland and Pennsylvania' .  For information or to purchase a copy, visit John's website.  Click here!

First & St. Stephens-Baltimore

First Lutheran Church of Ellicott City

(The) Frederick Lutheran Church-Frederick

Friedens (German) Evangelical Lutheran Church

German Baptist Church-Pipe Creek Church of Brethren

German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Peace

German Evangelical Lutheran Church of Peace

German Evangelical Lutheran Concordia Church

German Evangelical Lutheran Jerusalem Church

German Evangelical Lutheran Zion's Church

German Lutheran Church - Frostburg

German Reformed Church of Peace   

Glade Reformed-  

Grace German Reformed - Baltimore   

Grace Lutheran-Rocky Hill                        

Grace Reformed/Trinity Lutheran-Taneytown

Harford Avenue M.E. German Chapel

Immanuel Lutheran Church-Baltimore  

Immanuel Lutheran Church-Carroll County

Jacob's Lutheran Church-Washington County

Jerusalem Evangelical Lutheran Church-Baltimore

Jerusalem Lutheran Church-Westminster

Lazarus Lutheran Church-Lineboro

Light Street German M.E. Church

Lutheran Church of the Reformation-Baltimore City

Manor Doubs-Frederick

Martin Luther Lutheran Church-Baltimore

Martini Lutheran Church

Miller's United Methodist Church-Manchester

Mount Calvery Evangelical Lutheran-Sharpsburg

Mount Moriah German Reformed

Mount Union Brethren Church-Carroll County

Mount Zion Lutheran Church-Frederick

Mount Zion (Haugh's)-Woodsboro

Pennsylvania Avenue M.E. Church

Sacred Heart of Jesus-Highlandtown

Many of the Lutheran and Reformed records for those churches no longer is service, were moved to:

Evangelical & Reformed Historical Society


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St. John's Lutheran- Creagerstown

St. John's Lutheran-Baltimore

St. John's Lutheran-Pimlico-Baltimore

St. John's Lutheran-Hagerstown

St. John's - Myersville

St. John’s German Evangelical Lutheran Church-Baltimore

St. Johannes German Reformed

St. John's (Leisters) Evangelical Lutheran Church

St. John's Lutheran Church-Parkville

St. Luke's Lutheran Church-Baltimore (36th Street)

St. Luke's Evangelical Reformed-Baltimore (Carey Street)

St. Luke's Lutheran Church-Cumberland

St. Luke's Lutheran-New Windsor 

St. Luke's German Evangelical

St. Marcus' /St. Mark'sGerman Evangelical

St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran-Silver Run

St. Mary's United Church of Christ-Silver Run

St. Matthew's-Baltimore

St. Matthew's German Lutheran Church-Washington County

St. Matthew's Lutheran Church-Beaver Creek

St. Michael's Catholic Church-Baltimore

St. Michael's Lutheran-Perry Hall

St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran-Curtis Bay

St. Paul's Lutheran-Arcadia

St. Paul's Lutheran-Burkittsville

St. Paul's and Zion Lutheran Churches-Cordova

St. Paul's Evangelical-Howard County

St. Paul's Lutheran-Cumberland

St. Paul's German Evangelical  - Baltimore

St. Paul's German Lutheran Church-Frostburg

St. Paul English Reformed

St. Paul's Reformed-Clear Spring

St. Paul's Lutheran-Jefferson

St. Paul's Lutheran-Mechanicsville (St. Mary's County)

St. Paul's Lutheran Church-Frostburg

St. Paul's Lutheran-Funkstown

St. Paul's Lutheran Church-Leitersburg

St. Peter & Paul Church-Cumberland

St. Peter's Lutheran-Leitersburg

St. Peter's German Evangelical - Baltimore

St. Peter's German Independent Lutheran Church

Sts. Stephen & James Lutheran-Baltimore

St. Stephen's German Reformed Church-Baltimore

St. Thomas German Evangelical Lutheran

Salem Lutheran Church-Bakersville Washington County