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About Us

Who we are, where we come from, and where we're headed as a church family

Who we are

Here's the deal, St Peter cares about one thing more than anything else, Jesus Christ. St Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church is a family of individuals that have found hope in Jesus, and simply want as many people as possible to experience that exact same freedom

Where we come from

St. Peter's Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Unaltered Augsburg Confession was formed in 1855. Before Prairietown existed, the area was covered with prairie grass and timber. Wildlife was plentiful and included deer, turkeys and an occasional panther. The first people to settle the Prairietown area were English settlers who migrated here from Kentucky, Virginia, and other eastern states. In 1820, David Swett, from Pennsylvania, settled a tract of land, consisting of 160 acres, on what is remembered now as tha Zinschlag home place. Since Swett was the first resident in this community, the area became known as Swett's Prairie. While some towns were dying out and early settlers were moving elsewhere, a German settlement was taking shape at Swett's Prairie. In 1831, F. Meyer settled a tract of land in the current vacinity of Prairietown. In 1842, Adam Hoeh settled near the Meyers, as did H. Meyer in 1843 and Daniel Schmidt in 1847. Others followed. In the 1840's and 1850's more and more German immigrants setted on or near Swett's Prairie. These included Henry Best, Henry Buhrkuhle, Fred Dustmann, Henry Knoche, Christian Kuethe, Fred Lesemann, Henry Meyer, Adam Mueller, Kasper Nobbe, M. Schoeneweiss, Conrad Weishaupt, and John Weishaupt. In 1858, L.L. Dorsey laid out the town of Prairie City. When John Schaffer opened a store and post office in 1860, the name was changed to Prairietown.

Where we're headed

What's the bottom line? More than ever, St. Peter Prairietown is committed to fostering a family built around God’s love. Love for the world, love for our neighbors, and love for each other. Hope for the future. Hope for better. Hope for progress. Hope in Jesus. And as we move forward as a church family, we seek to connect people to Jesus.

What this means for you

What does this mean for you? Most importantly, you're always welcome at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church. We're saving a seat for you. Wherever you're at in your faith journey, you'll always be welcome to hear the a Good News of Jesus Christ and His saving work for you.