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:


Praise the Lord! In follow-up to congregation approval back in May and after several months of meeting with the City of Rochester Planning Commission and receiving provisional approval earlier this year, the Planning Commission gave final approval on July 16, as anticipated, for us to move forward with our $8.5 million ONE Legacy Campus Master Plan project! 

On Saturday, October 6, we gathered together as a St. John church and school family to give thanks for all the Lord's faithfulness throughout the years, and break ground on all that is ahead! Immediately after this special service of prayer and celebration, hundreds of those in attendance went out as God's people to serve our community as His Church! 

Click  to view the Groundbreaking Celebration held on October 6!

CLICK HERE for the Channel 4 news coverage of the October 6 Groundbreaking/Serve Event!  

We had hoped to begin construction very quickly following the Groundbreaking event.  However, while we are making great progress on this very extensive project, recent developments have unfortunately led to an anticipated slower construction timeline than we had initially hoped for and communicated this summer. While this is disappointing, we’ve been reminded that delays are not unusual for a project of this scope, and our leadership is committed to proceeding in the best way possible as we carefully steward the blessings the Lord has provided. 

CLICK HERE for an important One Legacy update!

While it is nothing short of amazing to realize the response to God's faithfulness as so far we have received pledges totaling over $3,456,000 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.

May the Lord continue to bless these efforts for the future! Please keep praying for the Lord’s guidance and provision for all that is ahead. These are truly exciting times!

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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