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Lutherans have worshiped and witnessed in the Marble Falls area since 1913. Through the dedicated effort of Rev. Calvin O. Goerdel of St. James Lutheran Church, Llano, Texas, and twenty-eight charter members, the congregation was formed, chartered and accepted as a member of the American Lutheran Church (ALC) in September of 1960. The new congregation received financial support from the Hill Country Mission Society, an organization of Lutheran Churches in the Hill Country, to make possible the construction of a new parsonage and the sanctuary.
St. Peter’s called its first pastor, Rev. Lawrence R. Juull in 1961. The first service was held in the new sanctuary, constructed from locally quarried granite, on August 5, 1962. Dr. Vernon A Mohr, President of the Southern District of the American Lutheran Church, delivered the sermon at the Dedication Service on September 16, 1976. St. Peter’s also received financial support form the ALC Department of Missions until 1976. The following pastors continued the ministry of St. Peter’s from 1964 – 1979: Rev. Edward G. Miller, Rev. Wayne Jarvis, Rev. John A Putsch, Rev. Charles DeHaven, Rev. David L. Lilley and Rev. Gary Haaland.
Rev. E. David Henry became pastor of St. Peter’s in 1980 and retired in May of 2010 with 35 years in ordained ministry. In 1982, formal planning began for new facilities to meet the needs of a growing community of faith. In May 1984, the congregation approved the “Adventure in Faith…Building for the Future” project, and on May 18, 1986, the new granite sanctuary was dedicated. The original building was then renovated to utilize the need for church nursery, Sunday school classrooms, fellowship hall and kitchen. In 1988, the American Lutheran Church and two other national Lutheran churches merged to become the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). St. Peter’s is a member of the ELCA, the Southwestern Texas Synod, and the Hill Country Conference. The congregation supports special missions and helping programs at home and abroad.
An additional Sunday morning worship service was added when Rev. Rachel S. Larson joined as St. Peter’s associate pastor from 1997 until 2001. In April of 1999, St. Peter’s celebrated the retirement of the debt on the new sanctuary. Then the congregation began formal planning for additional facilities for Christian Education, St. Peter’s School and administration offices. New construction of an education/administration facility started in December 2001, and the formal dedication of the facility was held on November 10, 2002.
In September 2002, Rev. Danielle Moore Casey, the 2002-2003 intern pastor, was installed as the Associate Pastor. During her service as Associate Pastor, Rev. Casey met with members of the Southwestern Texas Synod staff and Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church in Austin to discuss the possibility of supporting a new mission start in the Spicewood and Bee Cave area. After much research and planning, Spirit of the Hills Lutheran Mission held its first worship service on April 6, 2008. Pastor Casey and Pastor Heidi Schwerdtfeger-Jones of Shepherd of the Hills served as lead pastors for the following year. In April 2010, Spirit of the Hills celebrated its second anniversary and honored St. Peter’s for their support.
Rev. Danielle Moore Casey was installed as the Senior Pastor on April 10, 2011 by Mark Ward, Dean of the Hill Country Conference and Bishop Ray Tiemann of the Southwestern Texas Synod.
On September 26, 2010, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church celebrated their 50th anniversary and was honored to have Bishop Mark S. Hanson presiding over both services. A reception luncheon was held at the Lakeside Pavilion in Marble Falls. St. Peter’s has a number of active groups functioning within the congregation, including the Altar Guild, St. Peter’s Lutheran Active Teens (SPLAT), Superkids, Women of the ELCA, Worship Choir, BYOB, annual summer Vacation Bible School, Parent’s Morning Out, “Snip-its” quilting group, as well as numerous Bible study groups, and fellowship and service groups.
The approximately 700 members of the St. Peter’s Lutheran Church of Marble Falls continue to make up a friendly, caring, worshiping community – a source of spiritual growth and Christian fellowship for the Highland Lakes Area.
St. Peter’s Lutheran School began in September 1982. The school offered Pre-K and Kindergarten classes and was under the direction of Jan Starkey until her retirement in 2010. The school is now under the direction of Tracy Knight and has expanded to include 3-yr. old 1/2-day, 3-yr. old full-day, Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. St. Peter’s Lutheran School continues to offer a high-quality early childhood education program in a safe and nurturing environment that promotes the physical, spiritual, social, emotional, and cognitive development of young children.