Most high, Glorious God, Enlighten the darkness of my heart and grant me, Lord, a correct faith, a certain hope, a perfect charity, sense and knowledge, so I may carry out your holy and true command.
St. Francis of Assisi

Pastor KretschmarPastor MetzPastor NeebPastor LobitzPastor Ross Pastor RaasePastor BramscherPastor HeynePastor TroegerPastor BuchhopPastor AbrahamsPastor SchultzPastor Guy Roberts

May God continue to bless the members and staff of Zion Lutheran Church and all who enter in as friends and visitors.

About > History

Historical Highlights

1877
Circuit rider pastor, J. Krueger, makes the first missionary calls in the Becker County area.

1885
On July 19th, a group of Lutherans met to organize the Zion congregation under the leadership of Pastor H. Kretzschmar. There was a communicant membership of 63.

1888
The first church was under construction, when a severe windstorm demolished it. The church was later built on Bowling Ave., on the north side. (see photo of first church above).

1889
Rev. C. Metz becomes the first resident pastor.

1895
Pastor John Neeb becomes the pastor. The congregation numbered 147 communicants.

1901
Pastor Augus Lobitz served the congregation for six years.

1907
Pastor P.E. Ross ministered unto the flock for three years.

1910
During the pastorate of Pastor Carl Raase, the congregation observed its 25th anniversary.

1916
The congregation sold the first structure to the Evenagelical Free Church, and purchased the Norwegian Lutheran Church at 800 Lake Ave. The old church was later moved to Summit Ave.

1917
Pastor Raase died suddenly of a heart attack. During the pastorate of the Rev. Carl Bramscher, membership had reached 158 communicants.

1923
The Sunday School program started.1916 til 1952

1924
The Rev. Paul Mueller served as vacancy pastor for nearly a year, during which time a number of calls were issued.

1925
Pastor R.G. Heyne arrived the week before Christmas and delivered his first sermon on Christmas Day.

1928
A small, informative church paper was started, entitled "Our Little Messenger".

1930
The weekly church bulletin was first distributed.

1931
The church basement was enlarged.

1935
The congregation observed its Golden Jublilee. The first parsonage was sold and the house at 1109 Washington Avenue, was purchased and remodeled. This property was purchased for $2,500. It was believed at that time there would be ample space for a new church edifice.

1937
Discussion of enlarging the church began. A few years later, the world war interrupted this program.

1942
Pastor R. Heyne is elected the President of the Minnesota District of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. He accepted the call to Waconia, Minnesota in the fall of 1943.

1944
Pastor R. G. Troeger was installed as pastor on January 6th. The new church property was purchased on Lake Avenue, in the 1100 block.

1947
The church suffers severe damages from fire on November 1st. Because of the war, no new church could be constructed; the church was repaired and used fro the first time on Christmas Eve.

1950
December 14th, at 7:30 am, the ground-breaking for the new church took place.

1951 75th Anniversary photo
On September 16th, the cornerstone was laid for the $120,000 church-home.

1952
May 18th: Dedication of the church

1960
On May 23rd, the construction of an Educational Building was approved by the voters and the ground-breaking took place on July 24th.

1962
Present education addition constructed and dedicated.

1964
Parsonage at 1416 Lori Avenue was purchased.

1967
Pastor R. G. Troeger retired and Pastor M. J. Buchhop was called to serve as pastor. Pastor M.J. Buchhop was installed as Pastor. The Youth Board was organized and counselors began regular meetings.Education Building Dedication

1968
Music and Worship Committee was organized.

1977
Adult Education Board organized and regular meetings began.

1978
Evangelism Board organized and first evangelists were trained in 1979.


1980

Altar Guild organized. Elevator and library addition approved.

1985
Pastor Brian K. Obermann installed as Associate Pastor and ministers the congregation until 1992.

1988
Pastor M. J. Buchhop was killed in a motor-vehicle accident.

1990
Pastor Dan Abrahams installed as Pastor.

1999
Pastor David Hahn installed as Associate Pastor and ministers the congregation until 2004.

2009
Rev. Dan Abrahams retires.

2012
Pastor Gary Schultz installed as Pastor.

History of Current Building

Groundbreaking for the present building of Zion Lutheran Church was on December 14 1950. Building operations began the week of July 15, 1951. WZion building dedicationith favorable progress it became possible to hold a cornerstone laying on September 16, 1951.

The church was dedicated on Sunday, May 18, 1952, with Rev. R.G. Troeger officiating the ceremony. Guest speaker at the dedication ceremony was the Rev. Robert G. Heyne, who preceded Rev. Troeger as Pastor of Zion Lutheran Church. Speaking at services in the afternoon and evening were Dr. Arnold Grumm of Fargo, fourth Vice President of the LCMS and the Rev. H.H. Gamber of St. Paul, President of Minnesota District of LCMS.

Zion Lutheran's Senior Choir, directed by Elfreda Rennewanz, and the Junior Choir, directed by Mrs. R.G. Troeger, took part in services during the day. Soloist was Irving Haukedahl, while the organists included Sharlotte Koehler, Henry Winters and Betty Glawe.

Zion Lutheran showed rapid growth during its early years in the new church and members approved construction of an education building south of the church on May 23, 1960. Ground for the addition was broken July 24 of that year and the present education building was completed and dedicated in 196Zion interior2.

Voters discussed the possibility of installing art glass windows in 1964 and these were installed the next year, the first during Holy Week of 1965 and the last ones by November of that year. The windows in the nave outline the life of Christ, with the first group of three by the choir loft depicting the Nativity and the last group of three, located to the right of the pulpit, depicting Pentecost.