Old Zion 2Church History

History of Our Church

Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded in 1865  at the so-called Roger's Corners after separating from St. Thomas Evangelical Lutheran church to form a western location.  The original church building was dedicated in 1867 with a church council consisting of Jacob Eschelbach, Michael Hinderer, and John Schenk. The congregation has a rich German heritage based on the concentration of German immigrants in Freedom Township.  All services were conducted in German until 1930. In 1949, a new parish hall was dedicated and was later connected to a new sanctuary that was completed in 1974 and is currently in use. 


The congregation continues its legacy with a blend of tradition that is enriched by the diversity of our membership. In 2015, we will be celebrating our 150th anniversary with a variety of activities that will lead up to the 500th anniversay of the Reformation in 2017.

Interested in more details regarding our history?  A summary of church minutes form 1867 through 1951 is available to download.  A note of thanks to Edith Weber and Ingrid Weber for their dedication to preserving the early history by translating original minutes from Old German to English.  pdfClick here to download the Summary of Church Minutes.206.63 KB

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