St. Johns Lutheran Church

E5221 Church Rd, Algoma, WI 54201

1856 – 1866: The German Immigration

German Lutheran immigrants from the province of Pommern in the kingdom of Prussia arrived in northeast Wisconsin about 1860 to find no spiritual ministry was available in the sparsely populated area.

The first itinerant missionaries visited about 1856.  Pastor Stecker of Sheboygan and Pastor Beyer of Caledonia were among the first missionaries to minister to the needs of the settlers.

In the year 1862, Pastor Brockman, who was ordained after finishing his work in Consistorium in Hannover, Germany, was called to serve in Algoma.  A meeting as held December 19, 1862, at which time the constitution was accepted.  Several families living a greater distance from Ahnapee on the Green Bay Road were associated with the Ahnapee congregation, but did not sign the constitution.  So that they could have the spiritual services of Pastor Brockmann, it was resolved that he would preach every fourteen days in the schoolhouse on the Green Bay Road, alternating services between morning and afternoon.

At a meeting held February 26, 1863, the Lutherans living west of Ahnapee elected J. Klensky, W. Haack, and W. Kuke to the church council.  These men represented the interests of their group at the meetings of the Ahnapee congregation.

Pastor Brockmann began forming congregations in other localities immediately after his arrival.  He wrote:

“Mainly, the wide distances and partly my arrival here, as well as the mixed feelings among the Lutherans on the site for a new church, divided the people into three groups; these were called St. Paul’s, those on the Green Bay Road were called St. John’s, and those up the river were called the Immanual congregation”.

After Pastor Brockmann left St. Paul’s in 1866, the groups became more eager to call a pastor of their own.