From its humble beginnings as a small group of six families meeting in a living room almost 100 years ago, our St. John Lutheran Church & School mission has focused on people not buildings. And it is that goal of connecting the eternal love of Jesus with people of all ages and circumstances today and into the future that is moving us into a campus-wide master site renovation and expansion project entitled ONE Legacy. Our Campus Master Site Plan seeks to honor the prayerful legacy of those who had the God-led vision to establish our church and school ministry campus at 1011 University Drive in the heart of Rochester over 75 years ago, and to maximize ministry impact with excellence for the future.

Click to watch Pastor Marc’s explanation
of Phase I of the ONE Legacy initiative:

With the Rochester City Planning Commission preliminary approval behind us, we are continuing to make progress with this important project for our future as a church and school. This approval gave us the go-ahead we needed to get back to work with interior architectural design that will better inform the financial feasibility study of the project in prayerful preparation for an upcoming congregational decision set for Sunday, May 20 at 12:30 PM. To help us together gain discernment for this important meeting, two identical Congregation Forums will occur on Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 PM and Sunday, May 6 at 12:30 PM. Watch for more details coming soon including a new FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) email that will help explain in greater detail where we are at in the process.

While it is nothing short of amazing to realize the response to God's faithfulness as so far we have received pledges totaling over $3,451,000 toward the ONE Legacy initiative, we are still prayerfully hopeful the Lord may continue to provide further pledges. Keep in mind this project isn’t just about our local campus and ministry. True to our missional focus as a church and school, we have committed to passing along a 10% tithe of these pledged resources to further God’s kingdom through our local, national and global mission partners as well! To learn more about making a pledge to the ONE Legacy initiative, CLICK HERE.

Let's keep praying that all future decisions we make together will be truly according to the Lord's will in these amazing days! 

Click to watch the most recent 3D Fly-Over rendering
of the Master Site Plan project:


CLICK HERE for our sermon archive, to view the ONE Legacy messages you may have missed, as well as many other archived messages. 

Want to learn more? 
for more information and FAQ. 
CLICK HERE to view a brochure with pictures and timeline.

Hear what others are saying:

Erv Bauer 
St. John Principal 1946-1961

Roy Kaiser
St. John Principal 1961-1995


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