History of St. John's Lutheran Church of Deanville, Texas

Welcome to the history webpage of St. John's Lutheran Church of Deanville, Texas.

St. Johns now has a webpage with detailed information about church services, sermons, updated calendar of events and a newsletter for all members and potential members of St. John's Lutheran Church of Deanville. See St. John's Lutheran Church of Deanville, Texas

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Terry Moon, Lay Pastor
P.O. Box 38, Deanville, Texas 77852


Mark your calendars for the annual St. John's German Fest Celebration-Sunday, May 21, 2017

Activities from 10:00 A.M. til 5 P.M. Delicious German-Style Food -take out plates or eat at the Deanville Fire Station, just $10 a plate until sold out. Features kids inflatables, marketplatz goods, antique tractors and cars, great raffle prizes, polka music, silent aution, Maypole dance, live music, German folk dancers, and much more. Check out the photos from an earlier German Fest celebration!!

Photos from the 2012 German Fest Celebration

Entry way to St. John's Lutheran Church.

Historic 800 pound bell from the original church (1917)donated by the John B, Luedke Sr. family.
According to Gloria (Skopek) Pimpler, Great Granddaughter of John Luedke, " I recall the bell being rung many times for funerals and services and once while I was riding atop a load of hay, the bell was rung with joy marking the end of WWII."

St. John's Lutheran Cemetary established in 1917.

We've been here serving the community for nearly a hundred years!


In June of 1910, the St. John's Lutheran congregation was organized by Martin Weiderhold, John Seibert, Ernest Zwernemann, and John Luedke, Sr. with the help of Rev. A. H. Falkenberg.

For the next seven years, the congregation worshipped in the old Deanville School building until enough money was raised to purchase land and build the new church next to the original Methodist Church.

The formal dedication of the St. John's Lutheran Church took place in 1917 with the donation of the church bell that currently hangs in the new Lutheran Church built in 1966.

St. John's Lutheran Church (dedicated in 1917)

The church established an adjacent cemetery in 1918. The congregation prospered and a new church building was erected here in 1966. The original bell, housed in a tower at this site, continued to herald the commencement of worship services. This congregation has played a vital role in the community's civic, social, and religious development.


CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION TOOK PLACE ON Sunday, June 27, 2010 beginning with a 10:00AM service of Holy Communion followed by a noon meal at the Deanville Fire Station.

Received the following email from Gloria (Skopek) Pimpler:

Just visited your wonderful website, really enjoyed the stories of Deanville and Hranice and Dime Box as that is where my ancestors settled. J. B. Luedke Sr, , who helped found the St. John Lutheran Church in Deanville was my Great Grandfather. Our family lore has it that he dedicated the bell for the new church. I have heard it rung many times for funerals and services, and even while riding atop a load of hay when it was rung with joy marking the end of WWII. His son, Otto R. Luedke, my Grandfather, was a charter member, Sunday School Supt for 25 years, played the organ for services, and even swept out the church on Sunday mornings and stoked up the old wood stove when it was cold.

His other son, J. B. Luedke, Jr. was also a very active part of this church and its congregation. I have a picture I can send of the church dedication in 1917 and my mother was 2 years old, standing in front of the crowd outside the church.

I was baptised there and have many happy memories of the times we went to church there. Otto R. Luedke lived on the farm next to the John Gerdes farm. He at one time, managed the gin in Deanville with his brother. John B Luedke Sr. had 12 children...all buried in the St. John Lutheran cemetery.

My grandmother, who married Otto R. Luedke, was Mary Brinkmann, sister to Gus Brinkmann, and daughter of A. F. Brinkmann.

I especially enjoyed the pictures of Mary Maresh's 100th birthday party. She is a very dear lady and always greeted us so warmly when we visited at church.

My Great Grandfather on Dad's side was August Skopik, a Civil War Veteran who contributed to the Haranice school and cemetery. His son was August Walter Skopik who raised 12 children at San Antone Prairie, one of them, my Dad August Laddie Skopek (spelling changed somewhere along the way) My Mom and Dad met at the SPJST Hall in Deanville, and my sister and I enjoyed some dances and Fourth of July celebrations there too.

So I greatly enjoyed reminescing through all your history of that area. You have done a great job. I would also like to add that my husband Carroll and I graduated from Rockdale High School, he in 1956 and I in 1957. We married there at Peace Lutheran Church in 1958. I think you went to school there too?

I will keep checking this website for more info. Thank you for all your efforts.

Gloria (Skopek) Pimpler

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