History of St. Peter's Lutheran Church
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church was organized in 1920 by 17 German-speaking families.

1921-1922 - Rev. E. A. Rode
The church began in homes. Services were conducted in the German language.

1922-1924 - Rev. E. Duerschner
In 1923, Articles of Incorporation were filed, and the church was built on the corner of Elk Grove Boulevard and Elk Grove-Florin Road.

1925-1938 - Rev. Fred Meinecke
In 1938, membership consisted of 15 families.

1938-1944 - Rev. Arnold Schultz
During this period, services were held in English for the first time. For awhile, half of the Sunday worship services continued to be conducted in German. In 1942, the church mortgage was burned.

1944-1946 - Rev. Leon Gehret
Pastor Gehret was the first resident pastor to actually live in Elk Grove while serving the church.

1946-1953 - Rev. George Schuster
In 1953, German services were discontinued.

1953-1959 - Rev. Ernest Adams
In 1953 a parsonage was purchased. In 1956, the church property was sold to Shell Oil and the church building was moved one-half block, next door to the parsonage.

1959-67 - Rev. E. Luther Kroenk
In 1965, with the help of much volunteer labor, a social hall was built which also contained classrooms and a kitchen.

1968-1979 - Rev. Robert Weishoff
Shortly after Pastor Weishoff’s arrival in 1968, a second worship service was added. By 1973, membership had grown to 135 families. In 1974, a new parsonage was built and women served on the church council for the first time. In 1976, two parcels were purchased next door to the church property. In 1979, Pastor Weishoff accepted another call.

1979-2003 Rev. Darrel Deuel, Sr. Pastor
In 1979, Pastor Darrel Deuel accepted our call. From 1979-85, the congregation helped train seminarians by hosting one intern per year. In 1985, the intern program was discontinued when the congregation added their first associate pastor. In 1981, under the direction of Pastor Deuel, the Bethel Bible Series began. The church grew, and the congregation decided to build a new facility. In 1984, ten acres were purchased north of Elk Grove.

Associate Pastors:
1985-1986 - Rev. Todd Mattson
In 1985, Pastor Todd Mattson accepted our call and served one year. He wrote and installed a folk service before leaving to accept another call.

  1987-1994 - Rev. Daniel Selbo
In 1987, Pastor Daniel Selbo accepted the call as associate pastor. That same year a fellowship hall was built on the new site, and St. Peter’s moved. In 1990, a new sanctuary was built, and plans were finalized to build an administrative building and educational facility. In 1991, Steve Lundblom was added as youth director. In 1992, Ann Cunningham was added as administrator for St. Peter’s Lutheran School, and the school opened its doors in August 1993.

1994-1995 - Rev. Richard Eddy & Rev. Arnold Vocke
In 1994 the intern program was reinstated. Richard Eddy joined us in that capacity, and Pastor Arnold Vocke served one year as the visitation pastor. In 1995, Richard Eddy was ordained at St. Peter’s and installed as associate pastor; Neoma Yount was installed as business administrator; and the last phase of the school was completed.

1996-1999 - Rev. Joel Midthun
In May 1996, Pastor Joel Midthun was called and added to the pastoral staff as associate pastor. On Easter Sunday, April 1999, St. Peter’s started its Mission Church, Living Water, and Pastor Midthun accepted a call to that church. Approximately 100 members of St. Peter’s transferred their membership to Living Water as a core group to help establish the mission church.

June 1999-Present - Rev. Robert Salge
Pastor Robert H. Salge accepted a call to fill the vacancy left by Pastor Midthun and began his ministry at St. Peter’s on October 1, 1999.

October 1999-2001
Youth Director Steve Lundblom, was installed as a Licensed Lay Pastor, and led the contemporary worship service on Sunday evenings.  He left in the summer of 2001 to earn a Master in Divinity degree in Seattle, Washington.

November 2001-March 2006
Len Brokenshire became the new Youth Director when Steve Lundblom left to continue seminary studies. Len was immediately licensed as a lay pastor.

March 2003
After almost 24 years as Senior Pastor, Darrel Deuel left to become the full-time Executive Director of The Sending Place, a mission organization which he began. The congregation called Richard Eddy to become the new Senior Pastor.

March 2004
Steve Lundblom returned as he answered a call to be an associate pastor.  He was later ordained in June 2005.

May 2004
Len Brokenshire was called by St. Peter's to be ordained as Associate Pastor for Youth Ministries on July 11, 2004.  In March 2006 he accepted another call in Iowa.

**Currently, membership stands at approximately 1,300 members - approximately 550 families.


Contact Us

St. Peter's Lutheran Church
8701 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624
(916) 689-7300
(916) 689-3462 fax

St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, a member of the American Association of Lutheran Churches, had a vision for mission outreach and in August 1993, St. Peter’s Lutheran School opened with preschool through fourth grade. The school is owned and operated by St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. A grade was added each year and by September 1997 the school was complete as planned, with preschool through eighth grade. The school is considered part of the mission outreach of the church. The school is governed by an elected school board made up of nine members elected for three year terms. The board members are elected by the congregation at its annual meeting. It is the job of the school board to develop policies and procedures for the school in line with the mission and policies of the church. All policies are approved by the church council. The school is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).

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