St. Peter’s began as a mission church to the German-speaking immigrants in northeast Iowa. It was founded in 1885 by pastor Rev. Jacob Maierle, a missionary from Neustuttgart, located in what is now the Ukraine. Thus, in just a few months, St. Peter’s will celebrate its 125th anniversary of serving God and the people of New Albin, Iowa.
Services were first held in a small church building purchased for $200 from the Swedish Lutheran Church. During these early years of our church, German was the only language used. Ten years after the start of St. Peter’s congregation, the church had already outgrown its building. In 1895 the church building was sold and a new wood frame church was built where our church stands today.
St. Peter’s was a German-speaking church until 1918 when, during the period of World War I, the people of St. Peter’s wished to show their patriotism as loyal Americans by changing to English in worship. Their resolution forever changed Die Deutsche Evangelische St. Petri Gemeinde.
The church outgrew the old wood frame building and, in 1950, construction began on the new brick and concrete building that we meet in today.
In May 2006, the members of St. Peter’s voted to become an independent Christian community church, reincorporating under the name St. Peter’s Christian Community Church. We welcome all Christians to join us in worship as a joined community of believers under the common love and grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
We welcome you to join us as St. Peter’s continues to grow as a missions-led congregation, learning more about preaching the Gospel to all nations and to our little corner of the Upper Mississippi River Valley.