Zion Lutheran Church was organized on January 29,1852. Our first Pastor was Rev. Christian Oefinger of Germany. Services were initially held in log cabins of the Castroville settlers until a stone church was built in 1853. This first church building had 18-inch thick stone walls, built with heavy cypress and mesquite timbers, put together with wooden pegs, had an earthen floor and a canvas ceiling.
Various improvements were made to the structure throughout the years; however in 1939, a decision was made to demolish the building to make way for our current brick church. Our present building was dedicated on October 15, 1939. Ten years later, the Education annex was added-on and then dedicated.
In 1953, property was purchased from the Annie Bippert estate and the framed parsonage was moved from its original location on Fiorella Street to the newly-acquired property facing Lorenzo Street. The frame parsonage was sawed in half so it could be moved and was then remodeled.
In 1959, the "Fuos Haus" property was purchased from Carl and Uree Richter and one year later, the Youth Building was purchased from Albert and Julia Bendele.
In its 165 year history, Zion Lutheran Church has been served by numerous capable and dedicated pastors and is currently served by Rev. Greg Knippa since November 1, 2014.
Through the years, our congregation has continued to make additions and improvements to the buildings and grounds (our physical heritage). As the years go on, we pray that we may also continue to grow and build on our spiritual heritage as we share the blessings God has bestowed on our congregation.
"See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone,
and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame."
1 Peter 2:6