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Sharing Jesus’ love by inviting, welcoming, worshipping, and serving.

From its base at 13th and Iowa streets, the Evangelische Lutherische Kirche Sankt Johannes, now known as St. John’s Lutheran Church, has been serving downtown Dubuque, Iowa for almost 170 years. Founded along with Wartburg Seminary by pastors Reverend Georg Grossmann and Reverend Johannes Deindoerfer from Neuendettelsau, Bavaria shortly after their arrival in Dubuque in August of 1853, St. John’s is one of the oldest German Lutheran congregations west of the Mississippi. After worshipping for twenty-plus years in a small chapel building erected for $1,500, the current Gothic Revival church was completed in 1879 for $29,000, complete with the 123-foot white steeple, a carved wooden altar, and a stained-glass window of Jesus the Good Shepherd. In 1886 the parsonage and fellowship hall were completed, and the Moline tracker pipe organ was installed in the balcony of the sanctuary.

As the Lutheran population of Dubuque grew, membership at St. John’s swelled to 1,300 by its 50th anniversary. Members also moved out to form other congregations, sometimes for reasons of doctrine (St. Paul in 1865 and St. Matthew in 1907) or language preference (the former St. Mark in 1907, now home to St. Mark Youth Enrichment Center, and St. Peter in 1910, both to worship in English). St. John’s began English services in 1913 but continued to offer worship in German until the 1930s. Later congregations formed as the city moved up the bluffs (Holy Trinity in 1948) and then out west (Lord of Life in 1979), but St. John’s has remained downtown to serve its increasingly urban and diverse neighborhood.

St. John's Lutheran Church

St. John's Lutheran Church
Dubuque, Iowa


Sunday in-persion 10:00 a.m.
Services also streamed live from our FaceBook page, @stjohnselca).
Services alternate between traditional and contemporary styles.

Christian Education

Lifelong Lutheran Learners (adults): 9:00 & 11:00 a.m.

Office Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:  8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.


1276 White Street
Dubuque, Iowa 52001


(563) 583-6572


Email: stjohnslcoffice@gmail.com