"One in the Spirit: United in Christ and with Each Other"

St John Lutheran around 1950.


Servants in A New Land 1909 to Today ...


Seeking freedom and a new life, a group of families came to the United States from Slovakia. They were led by the Lord to gather together around Word and Sacrament in a congregation. Bound to the Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions, they trusted in their God, His grace in Christ and His divine guidance.

1909 - Organized and Chartered. 

1913 - First permanent church building on Federal Avenue NE. 

1949 - Construction of second church building on 2nd Street and Federal Avenue NE. 

1968 - Re-Location to present site at corner of Wales and Hills & Dales Roads NE, with construction of  Education Wing – worship services held in Fellowship Hall.

1985 - Dedication of newly constructed Sanctuary and 0ffice Wing. 

1989 - St. John Lutheran Preschool opened with 3- and 4-year-old classes and 35 


1999 - Elementary School chartered with Ohio Department of Education, with preschool 

and Kindergarten to 5th grade classes. 

2004 - Elementary School closes, but Preschool continues with classes for 3's, 4's, Pre-K, 

and Kindergarten. 

2006 - Partnership with St. Mark, Steubenville with St. John's as sponsoring 

congregation for Vicarage Program, with vicars arriving each year to serve the 

two congregations (program ended in 2012). 

2009 - st. John's celebrates its 100th anniversary, with 6 special Centennial Services 

under the Theme, "One in The Spirit; United in Christ and with Each Other." 

2010- Resurrection, Malvern, Ohio, opened as satellite mission of St. John's, eventually 

becoming a congregation of the SELC District - LC-MS.

Resident Pastors 

Rev. John Manka, 1916 - 1929 

Rev. George Gona, 1924 - 1925 

Rev. Joseph Valo, 1925 - 1930 

Rev. George Dolak, 1930 - 1940 

Rev. Francis Machina, 1951 - 1957 

Rev. Andrew Brondos, 1958 - 1969 

Rev. Gerald Kovac, 1970 - 1972 

Rev. John Kucera, 1973 - 1987 

Rev. John Telloni, 1987 - Present

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Belief and Practice
With the universal Christian Church, The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod teaches and responds to the love of the Triune God: the Father, creator of all that exists; Jesus Christ, the Son, who became human to suffer and die for the sins of all human beings and to rise to life again in the ultimate victory over death and Satan; and the Holy Spirit, who creates faith through God's Word and Sacraments. The three persons of the Trinity are coequal and coeternal, one God.

Being “Lutheran”
Our congregations accept and preach the Bible-based teachings of Martin Luther that inspired the reformation of the Christian Church in the 16th century. The teaching of Luther and the reformers can be summarized in three phrases:

Grace alone, Faith alone, Scripture alone.

​The Sacraments of Holy Baptism, Absolution, and the Lord's Supper are the means of Grace given to us by God.

We invite you to learn more about what we believe and confess as Lutherans by reading the Augsburg Confession (of which the above means of Grace are a summary of the first thirteen articles) is a true and faithful explanation of Holy Scripture. The books of the Old and New Testaments are the true, inspired, without error, Word of God. The rest of the Book of Concord is, like the Augsburg Confession, a true and faithful explanation of Holy Scripture, and we subscribe unconditionally to it.
For a simple understanding of our doctrine, we invite you to read the Small Catechism or to read about what congregations of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod believe and practice.