St. Jacob Lutheran Church has been faithfully providing worship services to Miamisburg since our founding in 1821. Can you believe we are nearing our 13,000th worship service? Did you read about our 171 year old bell? We figure it has been rung over a quarter of a million times! It will ring again this coming Sunday as we have worship services at 10:30 (led by the pipe organ) and noon (led by guitars).
St. Jacob is also on the national register of historic places. We are on their website right along with the Paul Laurence Dunbar House and the Wright Brothers Cycle shop! We are listed as “Jacob’s Church”. You can check us out by clicking on the link and going to the following website: www.nationalregisterofhistoricplaces.com/OH/Montgomery/state2.html
Pastor Hout is the 12th pastor at St. Jacob. Here is the list of the pastors who have served this parish.....
Rev. John Caspar Dill..........1821-1824
Rev. Henry Heincke............1826-1859
Rev. Christopher Albrecht....1860-1883
Rev. W. H. Brown..............1883-1899
Rev. F. W. E. Peschau.........1900-1916
Rev. J. S. Herold...............1916-1921
Rev. Walter L. Spielman......1921-1929
Rev. Charles H. Starkey......1929-1950
Rev. Joseph W. Frease........1950-1959
Rev. Oliver Arne Rajala.......1959-1982
Rev. Daniel Fant................1983-1996
Rev. Michael G. Hout..........1998-present
As we near our 200th anniversary (and the city is now celebrating their 200th), we think it is a good time to reflect on some great memories of the past. Here are a few:
-Pastor Rajala loved popcorn and used to dry his ears of popcorn in the steeple around our bell.
-Pastor Peschau lost his entire library of books due to the flood of 1913. He also started the first boy scout troop in the city.
-John Caspar Dill used to ride his horse to several congregations he served in our area.
-Pastor Heincke served in Napoleon’s army and fought in the battle of Waterloo.
-Rev. Albrecht was the pastor while our building was erected. He was also an odd fellow (IOOF member) and his picture was found in the old hall above Ron’s Pizza.
-During Pastor Spielman’s time of service here the church name was changed from St. Jacob’s to First Lutheran. The sanctuary was also extensively remodeled while he was pastor.
-Pastor Hout still rides his unicycle in local parades