Our History 

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is the oldest church in the city of Erie, located on 23rd and Peach Streets in the old Federal Hill neighborhood. The “mother church” for Lutherans in Northwest Pennsylvania, St. John’s was founded by German immigrants in 1808 and has been a driving force in the neighborhood, city, and area since then.


Who We Are Today

St. John’s is a family of believers who gather in the name of Jesus Christ to experience God’s love and acceptance through each other.   Our community is one where all are welcome, all are accepted, all are filled, and all are sent out to give as they have received. Though we are a community of faith, St. John’s is not a place for those who feel they have found everything they need regarding their faith journey.  The people of St. John’s feel that we are on a journey that is just beginning for some of us, while for others, that journey is much further along.  Wherever we might be in that individual journey, we feel we are called to walk together, as no one should ever have to journey alone.  No matter where you are in your personal journey, no matter what you believe or how unsure you are in your beliefs, no matter where you feel your place in life is, you belong here.

We are a part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), North America’s largest Lutheran denomination with over 4 million members in nearly 10,000 churches. For more information on this church body, visit ELCA.org.


Our Vision Statement

Loved by God, alive in Christ Jesus, and guided by the Holy Spirit, St. John’s unconditionally serves God’s people and shares Christian love.


Mission Statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered, and sent for the sake of the world.


Vision Statement of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America:

Claimed by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we are a new creation through God’s living Word by the power of the Holy Spirit;

Gathered by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we will live among God’s faithful people, hear God’s Word, and share Christ’s supper;

Sent by God’s grace for the sake of the world, we will proclaim the good news of God in Christ through word and deed, serve all people following the example of our Lord Jesus, and strive for justice and peace in all the world.