St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran of
Peter's, Luthersburg, is the senior member of the faith communities
which make up the DuBois Area Cooperative Lutheran Ministry. During the
1820's and '30's, Lutheran settlers in Clearfield County Pennsylvania
were served by traveling missionaries sent by the Pennsylvania Synod
during the summer months. Rev. George Reichart preached in Luthersburg
and Troutville in 1822, but lay leaders such as Jacob Kuntz worked to
have a pastor called to this area.
Wilcox arrived in 1840, but his year for pioneering ministry was
hampered by his inability to preach in German, for he reported:
"there are many European Germans in that county." St. Peter's
was among the five congregations organized during his ministry, but no
Lutheran churches had yet been built.
Wilcox' successor, Rev. John George Dormeyer wrote, "When I came to the county in 1843...I had
to preach in schoolhouses, dwelling houses and barns, but I found many
warm-hearted Christians scattered among the unconverted, prejudiced
people." He encouraged the building of churches, among which was
St. Peter's, a house of worship, "forty feet square, built in a
plain, but very beautiful and comfortable style."
beginning, the pastor at Luthersburg was also occupied in serving
Lutherans in other communities. By the late 1850's, the parish included
St. Paul's, Troutville, Paradise, and Grube, with occasional preaching
at Rockton as well. In 1873, Frederick K. Arnold donated two lots in
Luthersburg, on which a parsonage was built in that year. It cost $1,500
and is a plain and solid house with a wonderful divided stairway. In
earlier years, many couples were married in the parsonage parlor.
On May 1,
1882, a young pastor, Wilson Selner, came. He and his family would
occupy the parsonage for 42 years of fruitful service. On May 23, 1883,
the cornerstone was laid for a new church building, a frame structure 38
by 60 feet, which cost about $5,000. Originally topped by a 94-foot
steeple, this was struck by lightning in the 1920's and replaced by a
have been made to the building over the years. Most recently, a ramp was
added to the front entrance in 1985, followed by excavation of a ramp
into the basement in 2002, making the church handicapped-accessible.
Paul's, Troutville, closed in 1965, many of its families having moved
out of the area. Most of its remaining members joined St. Peter's.
History of the Allegheny Synod recorded of St. Peter's: "The
congregation, though three-quarters of a century old, never stained its
record by a single church fight." That spirit of being able to have
honest differences, but to work things out together, remains to this
day. This numerically small family of faith is large in spirit and
ministry through Jesus Christ.
We are a member of the Allegheny
and the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America
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