About Us

We’re delighted you’re visiting our website!  Chances are good you already know us. You’ve probably driven by our campus and cemetery at the corner of Maue and South Gebhart Church Roads. We’ve been part of “the Burg” for 200 years. In fact, this is our Bicentennial year.  

We think St. John’s is a great  place to learn, grow, and belong–following God’s invitation to become our best selves. We are uniquely Lutheran and uniquely St. John’s.  Our congregation places emphasis on living the heart of Christ in how we serve and regard others.  

We’re part of the ELCA (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America) and regionally we are part of the Southern Ohio Synod.  

Our mission
Together in Jesus Christ we are freed by grace to live faithfully, witness boldly and serve joyfully.  Our mission statement is, “We are Christian disciples, serving the world, while receiving, rejoicing and relaying God’s grace.”

Listen to one of Pastor Robyn’s sermons  

The one below is  “Passing Through & Moving On” (Luke 4:21-30) Feb. 3, 2019

The vision of the ELCA
A world experiencing the difference God’s grace and love in Christ makes for all people and creation.

Our values

Our values are grounded in faith, in our biblical and Lutheran confessional sources and our love of God and neighbor. They speak to the way this church lives and practices our faith, and they will guide how we journey forward in Christ as church together.

Forgiveness and reconciliation – We are reconciled to God by God’s forgiving mercy. Forgiveness and reconciliation flow from what God has made us to be in Jesus Christ and what God is doing with us in the world. As a people of God, we embody forgiveness in speech, action and relationships, and our ministry in reconciliation is foundational.

Dignity, compassion and justice – Each person is created in God’s image. We respect this God-given right to dignity and, inspired by the life of Jesus, show love and compassion for all people. Through proclamation of the gospel, through worship and as servants of God working for healing and justice in the world, we uphold and seek to protect the dignity and human rights of all people.

Inclusion and diversity – As Christ’s church, we value the richness of God’s creation and offer a radical welcome to all people, appreciating our common humanity and our differences. We are a church that does not view diversity as a barrier to unity. We recognize and will challenge dynamics of power and privilege that create barriers to participation and equity in this church and society – for women, people of color, minority ethnic groups, people with disabilities, people who are marginalized or living in poverty, and the LGBTQ community.

Courage and openness to change – Because we trust in God’s promise and understand faith to be a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, we are emboldened to embrace learning and change in our spiritual and institutional journey as church. This means we are open to new ways and willing to take risks to discover God’s plan for this church.

Faithful stewardship of God’s creation and gifts – As church together, faithful stewardship is about holding to God’s purpose and ensuring the responsibilities and resources that God has entrusted to us are used with great care and with accountability to God, to each other and those served by this church.