Church History (3 of 3)
The Chancel 1982 -2004
The multipurpose building was dedicated Aug 29, 1982 and was immediately used as the sanctuary. The chancel was at the south end of the building and all the chancel furniture was movable in order to use the space for many purposes. It was divided into two parts so it could be used for dramas and children’s programs. The former sanctuary was remodeled into the current offices and chapel.
The multipurpose building/sanctuary was remodeled, enclosing the patio into a narthex and moving the chancel to the east wall
Pastor Bae, in Korea at the time, received a vision in 2002 of moving to Arizona to start a Korean Christian Church. San Sung (Korean for "Mighty Fortress") Church began meeting at St. John's in 2005. St. John's and San Sung had our first annual joint worship in Sept. 2010. In August 2014, Pr. Bae felt San Sung was called to move to north Phoenix and left St. John's after 9 years.
A Columbarium was built on the south side of the new sanctuary as a place for cremains and memorials to loved ones who have died and been raised in Christ.
The West side Lutheran Food Pantry moved from Advent Lutheran Church (now Amazing Grace) to St. John’s, using the north building.
St. John’s celebrates its 50th anniversary with a special worship service and a dinner on March 2. Former pastor Frank Starkey preached and other former pastors and leaders shared their memories and vision for St. John’s.
Pastor Peter Perry called. “St. John’s Lutheran church celebrates God’s love, proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ and serves our neighbors.”
Emmanuel Sudanese Church begins worship services in St. John's sanctuary on Sunday afternoons. St. John's relationship with the Emmanuel Sudanese Church began on August 4 with a joint worship service.
Phoenix Oromo Christian Church begins worship services in St. John's chapel on Sunday afternoons. The Oromo are people from Ethiopia who came to the Phoenix area in the 1990’s and have been in partnership with Lutheran Christians. In September 2017, Oromo Evangelical Fellowship (new name) moved to Christ Church Lutheran on 40th St & Indian School as a part of a broader realignment of Oromo Churches with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod.
St. John’s helps lead the West-side Lutheran Food Pantry to a more empowering and relationship building ministry with Financial Literacy classes and the development of a Food Network to bring people together to work for a sustainable supply of food for their families.