Prince of Peace Lutheran Church

"Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren
to dwell together in unity."                     Psalm 133:1
3101 CR 417
Taylor, TX 76574

The First 50 Years

Pastor J. Appel of McDade traveled 34 miles to conduct the first service on March 31, 1895, at the Turkey Creek School. He continued to conduct services once a month and was paid $5.00 for his services.

 

Increasing membership, however, demanded a larger place of worship. An additional 2.5 acres was purchased from Mathis Wuthrich at $8.00 per acre for the site of a new church. This 40 X 26 foot frame building was dedicated on May 31, 1896.

 

Pastor Appel accepted a call to Immanuel Lutheran Church and agreed to preside of worship services at both congregations. Services were now held twice a month at St. James.

 

Significant firsts for the St. James congregation included:

  • Pastor: J. Appel, 1895 - 1901
  • Baptism: Alfred Andreas, March 31, 1896
  • Marriage: Paul Werchan and Emma Meier, December 22, 1898
  • Confirmation class: Willie Priesmeyer, Emma Priesmeyer, Henry Meyer and Malinda Meiske, April 19, 1896
  • Parsonage: a home, barn, stable, smokehouse and cistern were constructed in 1903

 

On October 25, 1942, the congregation petitioned for discharge from the Texas Synod. This request was granted, and on May 18, 1943, St. James became part of the American Lutheran Church (ALC).