"The German Evangelical Lutheran St. John's Church of Pigeon Post Office, Pottawattamie Co., Iowa" (the official name at that time) was established by German immigrants on March 10, 1894, with 17 voting members. In December 1897 in the rolling hills of southwest Iowa the original church building was dedicated. In 1904 the congregation called its own pastor, having had to rely in the past on circuit pastors to shepherd the church. In 1945 the name of the church was legally changed to "St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Boomer Township of Pottawattamie Co. Iowa."

Over the years the original church building was remodeled to accommodate the growing needs of our church family.
Early Communion services were held two or four times a year until 1974. At that time, the voters of the congregation elected to celebrate Holy Communion twice a month, on the second and fourth Sundays.

In 1994 our current pastor, Rev. David Kuhnle, his wife, Eileen, and their three children, Jesse, Bethany and Rachel, joined our congregational family. Pastor Kuhnle is the fourteenth pastor to serve at St. John's. Also in 1994 we celebrated our 100th anniversary as a church.

In 1995 we began our Wednesday evening Jesus Company program for kids in 5th through 6th grades. In the following years we expanded to grades 1st through 6th. We continue to offer Confirmation classes for 7th and 8th grades as well as practical application of what is taught in Confirmation for kids in the 9th through 10th grades. Upon completion of the practical application, 10th graders from the Spring are confirmed on Reformation Sunday in the Fall of their Junior year.
In 2003 we built a new sanctuary and fellowship hall that was dedicated in 2004 at which time we also celebrated our 110th anniversary. The original church building is now used as our education facility.

ďOur vision for the future is that St. Johnís, Honey Creek, will be a congregation that offers an atmosphere of love and forgiveness and promotes spiritual growth and healing. We see a congregation that, while being faithful to the Holy Scriptures, seeks new and innovative ways to reach out to a changing world. We strive to be a congregation where Godís Word is taught faithfully and in its purity. We desire to be a place where love and forgiveness are practiced and where people can grow closer to their Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. To be such a place, we provide a rich worship experience centered on Godís Word and Sacraments. We are committed to teaching our children Godís Word as we have learned it from the Lutheran Confessions. We provide Bible study and fellowship opportunities for all ages. We serve one another in love, helping those who are hurting and offering refuge for all. All of this we desire to be through Jesus Christ who lives in us by faith.Ē (Pastor Kuhnle)

As God continues to bless our rural church family, we continue to grow in his Word. If you are reading this but are not a member of any church family, come visit us some Sunday morning or Wednesday evening (during the school year). We are a congregation dedicated to learning God's Word, living God's Word, and sharing God's Word.