Our Story

As we look back at the humble beginnings of St. John’s Lutheran Church, we reflect on the tremendous growth and abundant blessings it has experienced in its first 100 years. Beginning early in 1901, with 25 in attendance, worship was led in the German language by Rev. S. Hoernicke, visiting pastor from Immanuel Lutheran Church of Fresno. In the fall of 1902, Rev. R.M. Norden was placed as the first resident Lutheran Missionary in Bakersfield. The Rev. C.F. Bauer was sent to Bakersfield in the fall of 1903, and St. John’s was formally organized in January 1904 with 12 charter members.
Moving forward 100 years...
On the tenth day of the tenth month of the tenth year of the century (10-10-2010), St. John's congregation began worshipping in our current facilities.  Our state of the art Worship Center has theater seating for 850, advanced audio/video capacity with five large screens (80' X 12'), and stage and backstage areas for major events such as concerts and conferences in addition to our Christmas dramas and contemporary Sunday worship. Our Sanctuary is an intimate setting with seating for 300, acoustically designed for organ, choir, orchestra, and congregational singing. Adorned with a beautiful Wolfram-designed cross, stained glass windows, and unique altar furnishings, it is a delightful room for our traditional worship, weddings, and choir and musical presentations.

Expanding the vision

Picture this:
You arrive on Sunday and see smiling faces, joyful voices, genuine excitement: it’s contagious. Loving, welcoming people are hanging out in the lobby before and after the services. Every seat is filled for worship and more service times are offered each week. Each visitor is greeted and feels thoroughly welcomed. God’s presence is abundantly evident!
St. John’s has become more than just a church – it’s center for fellowship through neighborhood activities and social events. We have an amazing pool of volunteers and enthusiastic participants in our ministries and community service. There’s an after-school program open to children in the surrounding neighborhoods, providing a nurturing and safe place. We are reaching people outside our church walls through technology. The possibilities are endless!
It’s the church I want to be a part of, don’t you? Are we there yet? No. Can we get there?  Absolutely, by God’s grace. The leadership at St. John’s share a vision for our ministry, but it requires you. Come be a part of our story!

Be a part of our story...
Gathering each Sunday Morning at 8:30 AM and 10 AM

Join us every Sunday as we gather to worship together at 8:30 and 10:00AM.