St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran

Silver Run

St. Mary's Silver Run 1920

Sources:

Church Website: http://www.stmaryselc.org/pagehistory.html

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

The began as a Union Church of two congregations, Lutheran and Reformed, on May 31, 1762. A log building was erected on a 15-acre lot by the members. The log building sufficed for almost 60 years. In 1821, another building was erected, again a union church, across the street from where St. Mary's United Church of Christ is built today. This building, made of brick, was completed and dedicated in 1822.

The union building shared by the Lutherans and Reformed lasted about 130 years, but the time came for separation. In 1893, the Reformed congregation dedicated the current St. Mary's United Church of Christ. On a corner lot at the bottom of the hill, along the main highway, the Lutherans consecrated a site for their church. The laying of the corner stone of St. Mary's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Silver Run, Maryland, was on July 8, 1894, led by the Reverend H. C. Fultz. The stone church was officially dedicated on December 20th, 1896, by Pastor W. H. Ehrhart.

On May 24, 1879, with the founding of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church at Pleasant Valley, St. Mary's became a two-church parish. This relationship with St. Matthew's lasted until January 14, 1990, when St. Mary's and St. Matthew's voted to discontinue the partnership and call their own pastor.

Today, the church enjoys approximately 280 members in the congregation.

See also

St. Mary’s United Church of Christ

What is a ‘Union’ Church

St. Mary's Cemetery

Pastors of St. Mary’s

· Johannes G. Bager 1762 - 1768

· Frederick Wildbaum 1768 - 1782

· John Daniel Shroeder 1782 - 1789

· John Grobp 1803 - 1819

· Heinrich Graeber 1819 -1827

· John Jacob Albert 1827 - 1837

· Jeremiah Harpel 1837 - 1841

· Peter Willard 1842 - 1843

· Peter Sheurer 1843 - 1858

· Samuel Henry 1859 - 1869

· Monroe J. Alleman 1869 - 1875

· John W. Lake 1875 - 1877

· Monroe J. Alleman 1877 - 1881

· O. C. Roth 1881 - 1883

· Peter Scheeder 1883 - 1887

· H. C. Fultz 1887 - 1895

· W. H. Ehrhart 1896 - 1903

· H. D. Newcomer 1904 - 1905

· John O. Yoder 1905 - 1912

· J. Luther Hoffman 1912 - 1917

· Atkin G. Wolf 1917 - 1926

· Willard E. Saltzgiver 1927 - 1942

· Frederick R. Seibel 1943 - 1958

· Lloyd H. Seiler 1958 - 1962

· Roland A. Ries 1963 - 1985

· Paul A. Haack 1986 - 1989

· Revs. Fisher & Slinghuff 1989 - 1991 (interim pastors)

· Rev. Dr. H. Lee Brumback, II 1991 - 2017

· Rev. W. Allen Reed 2018 – 2019 (interim pastor)

· Rev. Linda Fernandez 2019 -

Contact:

St. Mary’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

3978 Littlestown Pike

Westminster, Maryland 21158

Pastor: pastor@stmaryselc.org

Maryland State Archives Information: MSA SC4652