A Christian Day School was started in September,
1965 with teacher Thomas Roemke serving as
Principal.† It had classes for grades
1 to 3, but was discontinued in June 1967. The
first floor of the building is presently utilized by the Wee People
Preschool and Daycare Center.
Pastor Theodore Fischer retired on December 31, 1972, after 15
years of service. He continued to serve the Church as a vacancy pastor in
Union City and as an assistant in Queen's Village, N.Y. until his sudden
death on March 28, 1977.
Saint John's was served by vacancy pastors until Candidate
David Fischer, a graduate of Concordia Theological Seminary in Springfield,
IL was given the Call to St. John's by the Synodical Board of
Assignments.† He was ordained June
16, 1974, in his home congregation in Rochelle, IL and was installed here
on July 14.
Pastor David Fischer accepted a Call to Salt Lake City, Utah,
and left on August 1, 1977. The Reverend W. Ralph Heller, Jr. was extended
the Call to St. John's from his work with American Leprosy Missions. He
accepted and was in≠stalled as the sixth Pastor on January 22, 1978.† Pastor Heller resigned his call on
September 30, 1985.
The call process began in 1986 and resulted in extending a
call to Rev. David B. Hill who was serving a dual parish in Aransas Pass
and Refugi, TX. Pastor Hill accepted the call and
was installed on March 15, 1987. He served until late 1989 when he received
and accepted a call to St. John Lutheran Church in Bloomfield, NJ.
The process of calling a pastor began once again, and in
January 1991, Rev. Anthony J. Douches was installed as the 8th
pastor of St. Johnís. He served until 1993 when he resigned his call due to
On November 5, 1995, the Rev. David E. Grell
was installed as the 9th pastor of St. Johnís, serving until November, 1999.†
In September of 2001, Deacon Dennis Rockett,
a student of the DELTO program through Concordia Seminary in St. Louis, MO
began serving St. John.† He received
the title of Vicar in September of 2003.†
He served St. John through word and sacrament ministry under the
direction of the Rev. Paul Sparling, Em. until
early 2006 when he was placed at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Mahwah, NJ.
During the two year vacancy that
followed, St. Johnís was served by the Rev. Paul Voitko,
Em., the Rev. Robert E. Wiltenberg,
Em., and the faithful people of St. Johnís.† In June of 2008 a call was issued to Rev.
Joseph Weatherell from St. Johnís Lutheran Church in Hazleton, PA.† He took office in August,
but was formally installed on October 5, 2008 and currently serves
as St. Johnís shepherd.
At Voter's Assembly meeting in June of 2014, the congregation
voted to change its district affiliation from the New Jersey District of
the LCMS to the SELC District of the LCMS. This change in affiliation will
open the doors to new and exciting ministry and outreach opportunities for
the members of St. John's and the community-at-large.