When the Germans arrived in St. Louis, they formed Trinity Congregation in 1838, the first Lutheran church in St. Louis. This church was on Lombard between 2nd and 3rd Streets. As the congregation grew, a second church was formed, Immanuel, located at 11th and Franklin in 1848.

In 1858, a third church was organized and located in an area north of Arsenal Street that extended west to the city limits. This church, Holy Cross, was built in 1867.

Lutheran church records are easy to read; however, early records may be in German. The History and Genealogy Department at St. Louis County Library Headquarters offers a special finding aid outlining Lutheran resources available at the library. Click on St. Louis County Library Finding Aids for further information. Included in the finding aid is a map indicating the locations of the early Lutheran churches.



Concordia Seminary. The Lutheran Church Guide. St. Louis: Lutheran Church Guide Association, 1916.

Diamond Jubilee of Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 1849–1924. St. Louis: privately printed, 1924.

Jabker, Paul William. Holy Cross Lutheran Church: A Typical Lutheran Church in the Growth of St. Louis. St. Louis: privately printed, 1975.

Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. Biographical Dictionary of Black Lutheran Clergymen. St. Louis: Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, 1978.

Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer: 100th Anniversary, 1895–1994. St. Louis: privately printed, 1994.

Mueller, Hans, translator. The History of the Evangelical Lutheran St. Trinity Church of St. Louis, Missouri: from the Year 1859 to Year 1909 on the Occasion of the 50th Anniversary Prepared by its Pastor. St. Louis: St. Trinity Lutheran Church, 1984.

Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod) Black Jack, Missouri 1849–1949. St. Louis: Salem Lutheran Church, 1949.

Salem Lutheran (Florissant) Church, 125, 1849–1974 Anniversary. Hazelwood, Missouri: Salem Lutheran Church, 1974.

St. John’s Lutheran Church, Ellisville, Missouri, 1851–1976. Ellisville, Missouri: St. John’s Lutheran Church, 1976.

Schneider, Norman. Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, Anniversary Issue, 1983, (1868–1983). St. Louis: Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1983.

Ware, Margaret, and Vertrees Hood. Salem Lutheran Church, Blackjack, Missouri, 1850–1964. St. Louis: Ware & Hood, 1998.

Wuertz, Donald. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church of Des Peres 150 Years. St. Louis: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1999.

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