A group of newly arrived German immigrants came together with Rev. Louis Nollau to found St. Johns in 1838. They had left a rigid and restrictive social system in Germany, where their “place” in community was determined by rulers and customs. They were among a flood of German Immigrants arriving in this region in the 1830s. They brought with them an extraordinary faith. They built a new community, sharing God’s love with all people.
At a time when most religions placed carefully defined expectations on their followers, our German Evangelical predecessors brought with them a radical living faith. Their faith was not based on doctrine and rules; it was based on living out the gospel. It was of the heart.