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St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Kensal

  • 1905 – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Kensal was formed. The first officers were: Chairman Fritz Foerster; Treasurer Ernest Frenzel; Secretary Gustav Gunther
  • 1906 – Adolph Semke offered land on which to build a country church. A building 24 × 40 feet was built by LaQua at a cost of $1260
  • 1907 – The first confirmation class was confirmed
  • 1914 – Kensal and Bordulac formed a parish. The first parsonage was a house now occupied by Todd Kollman
  • 1922 – The services were discontinued in the country church and the Congregational Church in Kensal was rented until 1926
  • 1926 – The original church was moved into Kensal and rededicated
  • 1928 – Because it was difficult to support a pastor, Kensal, Bordulac, Wimbledon and Courtenay combined and were served by Pastor Gerdes
  • 1933 – Reverend A.T. Kellerman installed at Kensal and Bordulac. They felt that they were now able to support a pastor
  • 1942 – Reverend Schubarth was granted a leave of absence to serve as a chaplain for the armed forces
  • 1949 – The church was remodeled and rededicated
  • 1955 – The 50th anniversary was celebrated
  • 1956 – The men of the congregation designed and built special tables and benches for the Sunday School rooms. A new organ was purchased and dedicated to James Johnson
  • 1958 – Kensal bought Bordulac’s share of the parsonage. The parsonage was, then, sold for $5,000, which was used as the beginning of the building fund
  • 1962 – The lots across the street were given to the church by Doctor and Mrs. Martin
  • 1966 – The ground was broken for a new church
  • 1967 – The new church was dedicated. With help from a foreman and bricklayer, the church was built with local labor, members of the church, at a cost of $66,802.47. Guest speakers at the dedication were Reverend Kellerman, Reverend Rutter and Reverend Bollman. The old building was given to Carl Carlson for removing it from the church property
  • 1968 – Celebrated first anniversary in the new building
  • 1969 – Toast Masters Club organized
  • 1970 – A Piano was purchased. Loud speakers were installed. The lots west of the church were sold for $500
  • 1975 – The mortgage was burned, constitution revised and accepted. The ladies were given voting privileges and the voting age was lowered
  • 1976 – The new organ was purchased
  • 1980 – Members, adults and children, participated in The Lutheran Hour Rally at Jamestown
  • 2005 – The 100th anniversary was celebrated

Ministers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Kensal

  • Charles Lueker – 1905-1914
  • William Kupsky – 1914-1921
  • Reverend Mix – 1922-1928
  • Pastor Gerdes – 1928
  • Pastor Lange – 1928
  • Student Mundinger – 1930
  • Reinhold Arndt – 1931
  • A.T. Kellerman – 1932-1940
  • George Schubarth – 1940-1942
  • Reverend Winkler – 1943
  • Walter Leininger – 1944-1951
  • Carl Fischer – 1951
  • John F. Bollman – 1952-1957
  • Reverend Klinkenbury – 1957-1961
  • Edward Rutter – 1961-1964
  • Reverend Soper – 1964
  • Fred A. Muenchow – 1965-1968
  • Norman Porath – 1968-1973
  • Reverend Jurkovic – 1973
  • Richard Ames – 1974
  • Arthur Patscheck – 1974-1980
  • Carlyle Roth – 1980
  • Dennis Huntington – 1981-1982
  • Henry Friedrich – 1983
  • Jeffrey Harter – 1983-1989
  • Harry Dramstad – 1990
  • Donald Hunter – 1990-1993
  • Rex Longshore – 1994
  • Steven Haag – 1994-1999
  • Robert Leiste – 1999-2001, 2002-2004
  • Jim Meyer – 2001-2002
  • Anthony Ahrendt – 2004-2005
  • Robert Hill – 2005-present

Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – Pettibone

  • 1966 – Two congregations, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Pettibone and Zion Lutheran Church of Petersville, merge to form Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Pettibone
  • 1966 – Parish formed with Redeemer Lutheran Church of Woodworth
  • 1968 – A new church building was completed
  • 1983 – The final payment for the new building was made. Total cost was $75,000
  • 1984 – Has a baptized membership of 180, with a communicant membership of 130. It has a sizable choir, youth group, and ladies organization, along with Sunday School and Bible classes. The Sunday School size was 52.

Ministers at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church – Pettibone

  • Lyle M. Knuth – 1966-1969
  • Wm. Roten – 1969-1974
  • Richard Ames – 1975
  • James Drickamer – 1975-1977
  • Gary A. Lampe -1978-1988
  • Terry Martin – 1988-1991, 1993-2000
  • Pastor Middendorf – 1992
  • Pastor Asmus – 2001
  • Mark Schlamann – 2002-2006
  • Howard Lyons – 2006-2011
  • Brandon Woodruff – 2011-2012
  • Larry Harvala – 2012-2013
  • Robert Hill – 2013-present

Zion Lutheran Church – Petersville

  • 1899 – Services were first held in homes with lay persons reading from a book called “Der Predigbuch”
  • 1912 – The first formal services were held in the “Hornung Schoolhouse”
  • 1912 – The formal organization for Zion Lutheran Church of Petersville. Charter members were: Ernst Hornung, Jacob J. Flemmer, Jacob Flemmer Sr., Peter Flemmer Sr., George Guthmiller, Ludwig G. Guthmiller, Ludwig Guthmiller, Jacob Martin, Christ Morlock, Fred Morlock, Jacob Morlock, Fred Schick and Christ Walz Sr.
  • 1919-1920 – a new church building was constructed. This building, with remodeling, served the congregation until 1966 when it voted to merge with St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Pettibone
  • 1948-1952 – a formal youth organization was begun
  • 1956-1960 – the LWML organization was begun, as was the LLL
  • 1966 – St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Pettibone and Zion Lutheran Church of Petersville merge to form Our Savior’s Lutheran Church of Pettibone

Ministers at Zion Lutheran Church – Petersville

  • Pastor Zerson
  • Reverend Tober
  • Reverend Felton
  • Reverend Hinrichs – 1912
  • C. Ed Mix
  • Louis Wohlfiel – 1921-1924
  • Aug. A. Para – 1924-1947
  • Wm. Mundinger – 1948-1952
  • Wm. Rempher – 1952-1956
  • Gerhard C. Acmus – 1956-1960
  • Herman Hanamann – 1960-1962
  • Lyle M. Knuth – 1962-1968

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Pettibone

  • 1940 – The church was formed. The nine charter members were: August Morlock, Gustav Rosenbaum, Christ Walz, Albert Herman, Rudolph Walz, Iden Louden, Fred Walz, Jacob Hertel and Gust Steinhouse
  • 1942 – Had own church building
  • 1954 – A building improvement was made
  • 1956 – A bell tower was added
  • 1959 – The church grounds were beautified, with additional landscaping and plantings

Ministers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Pettibone

  • Reverend Arndt – 1942
  • Wm. Mundinger – 1948-1952
  • Wm. Rempher – 1952-1956
  • Gerhard C. Acmus – 1956-1960
  • Herman Hanamann – 1960-1962
  • Lyle M. Knuth – 1962-1968

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Wimbledon

  • 1903 – Mr. Julius Hohenhaus and wife, who lived about eight miles north of Courtenay, attended services at Zion Lutheran Church, southwest of Courtenay, and stopped in at the parsonage to inform the pastor that there were a number of Lutheran families in and around Wimbledon who would welcome the preaching of the Word of God by a Lutheran pastor.  After due consideration, Pastor Lueker promised Mr. Hohenhaus that if he found conditions as represented in Wimbledon, he would serve there to the best of his ability.  Accordingly, on June 1, 1903, Rev. Lueker explored the region around about Wimbledon, calling on Albert Krueger, Julius Voigt, John Kempf, two Brueske families, F. Grahn, Wm. Voigt, and others
  • 1903 – Services were held three miles east of Courtenay in the Altringer schoolhouse
  • 1903 – Karl, Alfred and Emma Krueger and Dorothy Voigt were the first to be baptized
  • 1908 – The little group acquired the site upon which the present buildings stand from the Feckler Bros. for the sum of $500
  • 1908 – nine men assembled at the home of Louis Kuhlmann and took the first definite steps to organize a congregation by discussing a constitution for future adoption, and on December 5, 1908, at a meeting in the Voigt schoolhouse, the St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Wimbledon, North Dakota, was organized and the constitution, which had been discussed on November 20, was adopted.  The first officers were: Louis Kuhlmann, elder; Julius Voigt, elder; John Kempf, elder; Wm. Voigt, Jr., secretary; and R. Brueske, treasurer
  • 1908 – St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church of Wimbledon was organized and previously discussed constitution was adopted.  On that date, the congregation numbered 52, with 27 communicant members
  • 1909 – A definite decision was reached, and in April, 1909, the contract was let to Mr. J. R. Clausen of Wimbledon for a frame church building 63 ft. long, 33 ft. wide and 30 ft. high with a bell tower
  • 1909 – Dedicated its new house of worship. On that day, August 8, the congregation held two services, one in the morning with Reverend Hinck of Great bend preaching the sermon, and one in the afternoon with Reverend Klausler of Hankinson as the speaker
  • 1919 – Pastor Lueker succeeded in starting a Sunday School
  • 1919 – It was also deemed advisable to have the pastor live in Wimbledon.  Up to this time he had been living in the parsonage which was connected with the Courtenay congregation.  Building operations were begun soon after, and on November 9, 1919.  The parsonage was dedicated.  On November 11, Pastor Schulz moved into his new home, and the Courtenay parsonage was sold to Mr. Henry Kracht
  • 1919 – The present Ladies Aid was organized and ever since that time has been functioning to assist the congregation in various ways
  • 1922 – The present constitution of the congregation was adopted on May 21, 1922, and in the following June this congregation was received into membership with the Missouri Synod at the District Convention held at Great Bend, North Dakota
  • 1924-1929 – the basement and garage were added to the church property
  • 1933 – The congregation celebrated its 25th anniversary
  • 1949 – St. Paul’s Church celebrated its 40th anniversary
  • 1959 – Members commune at an average rate of nearly five times a year
  • 1959 – The congregation celebrated its 50th anniversary
  • 1965 – The Ladies group was reorganized into 4 Circles
  • 1975-1976 – a second house of worship was built and dedicated by the congregation.  Ground breaking ceremonies were held on July 13, 1975 and the work was started on October 1 of that year.  The dedication was on October 31, 1976. The old building was then torn down and removed from the site
  • 1984 – Members now commune twice a month
  • 1984 – Every Wednesday morning the adult members are invited to attend a Bible class which is led by the pastor
  • 1984 – During the 75th anniversary year of 1984, the congregation erected a bell tower using the bell which had previously been in the old church building.  The bell tower stands roughly the height of the church and is topped by a six foot mission cross
  • 2008 – The congregation celebrated its 100th anniversary

Ministers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Wimbledon

  • C.H. Lueker – 1903-1917
  • John F. Schulz – 1918-1923
  • C. Ed. Mix – 1923-1924, 1929
  • W.A. Gerdes – 1924-1929
  • A.N. Lange – 1929-1936
  • Lambert J. Mehl – 1936-1941
  • Clem Mehl – 1941-1950
  • W. Laatz – 1950-1951
  • Carl Fischer – 1951-1953
  • Fred Riedel – 1953-1954
  • Edward J. Rutter – 1954-1964
  • Fred A. Muenchow – 1965-1968
  • Norman Porath – 1968-1973
  • Richard Ames – 1974
  • Arthur Patscheck – 1974-1980
  • Dennis Huntington – 1981-1982
  • Henry Friedrich – 1983
  • Jeffrey Harter – 1983-1989
  • Harry Dramstad – 1990
  • Donald Hunter – 1990-1993
  • Rex Longshore – 1994
  • Steven Haag – 1994-1999
  • Robert Leiste – 1999-2001, 2002-2004
  • Jim Meyer – 2001-2002
  • Anthony Ahrendt – 2004-2005
  • Robert Hill – 2005-present

Redeemer Lutheran Church – Woodworth

  • 1966 – Trinity Lutheran Church of New Home and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Woodworth merged to form Redeemer Lutheran Church of Woodworth
  • 1968 – The present church building was constructed. The cost was approximately $50,000
  • 1982 – The final payment for constructing the present church building was made
  • 1984 – Has 116 communicant members with 32 in Sunday School.  There is also a church choir, youth group and a very active LWML unit

Ministers at Redeemer Lutheran Church – Woodworth

  • Lyle M. Knuth – 1966-1969
  • Wm. Roten – 1969-1974
  • Richard Ames – 1975
  • James Drickamer – 1975-1977
  • Gary A. Lampe -1978-1988
  • Terry Martin – 1988-1991, 1993-2000
  • Pastor Middendorf – 1992
  • Pastor Asmus – 2001
  • Mark Schlamann – 2002-2006
  • Howard Lyons – 2006-2011
  • Brandon Woodruff – 2011-2012
  • Larry Harvala – 2012-2013
  • Robert Hill – 2013-present

Trinity Lutheran Church – New Home

  • 1910 – Was organized in Lowery Township School No.3 where services were being conducted. Pastor Felton organized the congregation.  The charter members were: Martin Leapaldt, Daniel Wutzke, Rudolph Leapaldt, Edward Goter, Edward Stebner, Gottfried Retzlaff, Gustav Zimmer, Gustav Brunsch, Gottlieb Leapaldt, M. Kelm and Daniel Goter
  • 1912 – The congregation merged with a congregation in Roosevelt Township
  • 1917 – The congregation drew up plans for building a new church. Final costs were set at $1960
  • 1917-1966 – the two congregations, Trinity Lutheran Church of New Home and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Woodworth, continued to be served by a common pastor
  • 1966 – Under the guidance of District officials and Pastor Lyle Knuth, Trinity Lutheran Church of New Home and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Woodworth merged to form Redeemer Lutheran Church of Woodworth

Ministers at Trinity Lutheran Church – New Home

  • Reverend Felton – 1910 -1911
  • Pastor Heinrichs – 1912-1916
  • C. Ed Mix – 1916-1921
  • Louis Wohlfall – 1921-1924
  • Aug. A. Para – 1925-1946
  • W.A. Brockopp – 1947-1953
  • Donald Winter – 1955-1956
  • Robert Novotny – 1956-1958
  • Ed Zimbrich – 1958-1961
  • Harry Soper – 1961-1965

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Woodworth

  • 1917 – The “German Lutheran Church” first held a meeting
  • 1919 – The congregation was served by a minister from Wilton. Congregational members were: Julius Loose, Gust Steinhouse, August Krenz, Otto Pieske, Albert Defner, John Dittbener, Bill Dittbener and Pastor Brandt
  • 1923 – The services were held in the Adventist Church. Services were later held in “the Dittbener Store” which was remodeled to serve as the church
  • 1923-1966 – the two congregations, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Woodworth and Trinity Lutheran Church of New Home, continued to be served by a common pastor
  • 1966 – Under the guidance of District officials and Pastor Lyle Knuth, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Woodworth and Trinity Lutheran Church of New Home merged to form Redeemer Lutheran Church of Woodworth

Ministers at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church – Woodworth

  • C. Ed Mix – 1917
  • Pastor Brandt – 1919
  • Pastor Wahl – 1923
  • Louis Wohlfall – 1924
  • Aug. A. Para – 1925-1946
  • W.A. Brockopp – 1947-1953
  • Donald Winter – 1955-1956
  • Robert Novotny – 1956-1958
  • Ed Zimbrich – 1958-1961
  • Harry Soper – 1961-1965