St. Paul's Lutheran Church of Hillsboro Illinois


St. Paul's Lutheran Church - Hillsboro Illinois

Founded in 1832 St. Paul's Lutheran Church celebrates 190 years in 2022!

 

Rev. David Scherer founded St. Paul's Lutheran Church at Hillsboro in 1832. Services were first held in the courthouse and two years later a frame building was erected on a site north of the present church. In 1857, under the leadership of Rev. Jeremiah Livengood, who also organized the Ware's Grove congregation, the Lutherans built a two story structure for a place of worship. In 1896 the church officers decided to erect another building on ground purchased four years earlier when Rev. E. B. Killinger was pastor. This, the present structure, was dedicated April 4, 1897, with Rev. Ezra Keller as pastor. Rev. Keller has been pastor of the church since June, 1895.


From Hillsboro Guide - Written in 1940

 
St. Paul's Lutheran Church 1/26/2021

We had a bicentennial meeting at the old courthouse. While there I snapped a photo of St. Paul's Lutheran Church from the third floor GIS office - Thanks Kevin Brink! Need to come back in the summer and get another picture when the grass is green and sky is blue.

 
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Hillsboro St. Paul's Lutheran Church painting by: Dorothy Bass
Hillsboro St. Paul's Lutheran Church painting by: Dorothy Bass. This painting is on display at the Church.
 

The Second St. Paul's Lutheran Church Building

Second Lutheran Church building in Hillsboro finished in September 1857.
Second Lutheran Church building in Hillsboro finished in September 1857.
From September 5, 1857 issue of Montgomery County Herald.
From September 5, 1857 issue of Montgomery County Herald.

The second St. Paul's Lutheran Church building was built on the same site as the current church. The second building was completed in September 1857 and was torn down for the current church building in 1895.

 

St. Paul's Lutheran Photo Gallery


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