St. John Lutheran Church was founded April 22, 1849 by a group of men at the home of Henry Goehrs. His signature apears on the constitution along with Jobst H. Allmeyer, Fredrich Gericke, Louis Dettmer, Heinrich Runge, Fredrich William Allmeyer. Fredrich Brinkman, Juergen Dettmer, H. Bode, and Jacob Pick.
Dr. Walther, president of the Lutheran seminary in St. Louis, sent a candidate, C. H. Siegmund Buttermann, to organize the congregation on May 13, 1849. He died just two months later of Cholera.