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Reservations are no longer required. See the News page for details and guidelines. If you do not feel comfortable attending in person or are not feeling well, you can still participate via smartphone, tablet or computer on the Ministries page of this website or on St. John's Facebook page. Listen to the service by calling (888) 975-5536. Call in ANY TIME from Sunday morning through noon Friday.
St. John's Lutheran Church altar St. John's Lutheran Church cornerstone

About Us

Founded in 1854, St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Sterling, Illinois, is home to 760 church members. We come together for worship with Holy Communion at 9:30am Sundays, and 4:30pm Wednesdays. Dress is casual, so come as you are! We are located between 7th and 8th Streets, and between 2rd and 3rd Avenues. Parking is available on all sides of our building, and a ramp and elevator are available. Office hours are 8:30am-4:30pm Monday-Friday.

Our Staff

 Pastor Jacob Gawlik Rev. Jacob Gawlik, Pastor

Visitation Pastor Leo Patterson Rev. Leo Patterson, On Call/ Visitation Pastor

Office Manager Nina Peters Nina Peters, Office Manager

Minister of Music Dawn Zeigler Dawn Zeigler, Minister of Music & Bell Choir Director

Praise Sunday Director Julie McCord Julie McCord, Praise Sunday Director

Systems Administrator Andrew Stutzke Andrew Stutzke, Systems Administrator

Technical Director Kyle Morgan Kyle Morgan, Technical Director

Newsletter Editor & Webmaster Stahr Media Janel Stahr, Stahr Media, Newsletter Editor & Webmaster

Purpose Statement

St. John's is a congregation of the Northern Illinois Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. The purpose of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is to continue discovering God’s will for us in His kingdom through prayer, Bible study and building relationships.

Guiding Principles

  1. Jesus is our Lord and Savior.
  2. We make prayer, Bible study and dialog the center of our decision making.
  3. We are willing to change as we discover God’s mission for us.
  4. We invite everyone. Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.” ~ Matthew 28: 19a
  5. We recognize and give thanks for our blessings.
  6. We act for the discovery and fulfillment of God’s mission.

Pictorial Directory

160 Years

In 2014 we celebrated our 160th Anniversary. Click here to see a portion of our 2014 Congregational Directory, including historical information on St. John's Lutheran Church of Sterling, Illinois.