Mt. Zion-St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1911, Oglethorpe

oglethorpe ga historic mt zion st lukes lutheran church photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

This historic congregation is older than Macon County. From 1827 until the Civil War, Mt. Zion Church built at least three churches, with the first being built about nine miles west of present-day Oglethorpe in the Saint John’s community (known locally today as Cut-Off). By the early 20th century, there were more Lutherans in Oglethorpe than in the rural section of the county and St. Luke was organized to better serve them. Martin Luther (Luke) Shealy gave the land on which the present church was built and out of respect, the members chose St. Luke as the new name of their congregation. The two congregations merged in 1953. Below is the Parish House, which was rebuilt after the original burned in 1976.

oglethorpe ga mt zion st luke lutheran parish house photograph copyright brian brown vanishing south georgia usa 2016

 

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2 responses to “Mt. Zion-St. Luke Lutheran Church, 1911, Oglethorpe

  1. Robert Koch

    How interesting! Elsewhere on your site is a photo of our green building in Guyton (Guyton Office Block) which we purchased when my wife was pastor at Zion Lutheran. Now you have a photo of the church she now pastors in Oglethorpe!

  2. RUTH Harvey

    I attended this church in theb1040 and 50’s. I remember when the church sponsored a group from Germany to move to oglethorpe and Montezuma. A Rev. Ziegler was our pastor.

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