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Zion Lutheran Church

Castroville, Texas



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Our Statement of Faith

We believe in the Triune God, The Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Canonical Scriptures of the Old and New Testamants, and God's creative, sustaining and continuing spirit and love working in all creation.

We believe that God is the creator of the universe and giver of all that is good.

God is the Savior - known boldly and intimately in Jesus and his life, death, and resurrection - who shows us how to live and love.


Lutheran Congregrations in Mission for Christ.

We are the baptized members of Zion Lutheran Church of Castroville, Texas, responding in faith to the call of the Holy Spirit through scripture.

We Follow... 

...our mission statement.  We know that God calls on us to love God and to love our neighbors as ourselves, and we organize accordingly.


Jesus called us to go out and spread the word of God. 




Photos:  First Church 1853 - 1939 - Church re-built on May 18,1939 (photo taken 1952) - Fuos House - Pastors present at 150 year Celebration (2002) - present Church (photo taken 2012)

Our History...Zion's beginnings

Zion Lutheran Church was organized on January 29,1852. Our first Pastor was Rev. Christian Oefinger of Germany.  Services were initially held in log cabins of the Castroville settlers until a stone church was built in 1853. This first church building had 18-inch thick stone walls, built with heavy cypress and mesquite timbers, put together with wooden pegs, had an earthen floor and a canvas ceiling.

Various improvements were made to the structure throughout the years; however in 1939, a decision was made to demolish the building to make way for our current  brick church. Our present building was dedicated on October 15, 1939. Ten years later, the Education annex was added-on and then dedicated.

In 1953, property was purchased from the Annie Bippert estate and the framed parsonage was moved from its original location on Fiorella Street to the newly-acquired property facing Lorenzo Street. The frame parsonage was sawed in half so it could be moved and was then remodeled.

In 1959, the "Fuos Haus" property was purchased from Carl and Uree Richter and one year later, the Youth Building was purchased from Albert and Julia Bendele.

In its 169 year history, Zion Lutheran Church has been served by numerous capable and dedicated pastors and is currently served by Rev. Greg Knippa since November 1, 2014.  

Through the years, our congregation has continued to make additions and improvements to the buildings and grounds (our physical heritage). As the years go on, we pray that we may also continue to grow and build on our spiritual heritage as we share the blessings God has bestowed on our congregation.

  "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone,

and the one who trusts in Him will never be put to shame."   

 1 Peter 2:6 

Our Ministry Team

Rev. Greg Knippa


What a privilege to serve Zion Lutheran Church in Castroville, Texas and this wonderful community. Each day we seek to grow in GOD's grace so that we may be effective servants of HIM to our community.

GOD is growing HIS kingdom here through those who are purposeful in making HIM known in the world through their actions. Most of these, on the surface, might seem quite ordinary but, when placed into GOD's care, become an extraordinary force for sharing the Gospel. That's Zion Lutheran Church.

I love to see or even hear about when someone gets that "Aha! - GOD!" moment when they see that GOD really does care about them and works in their life extraordinarily through ordinary means, just like HE did with Peter and Paul, just like HE does with all who confess JESUS as LORD.

May the LORD richly BLESS all of you as we, together, boldly, and joyfully seek to serve HIM, who first served us.  Blessings for all!

Your servant in CHRIST,

Pastor Greg

Pete Martinez

 Music Director

Our musical ensembles embrace this and believe that their Joyful Noise provides an additional vehicle for God’s Word and Spirit to reach members of the church family and the community. 

We are always on the lookout for new members for both choirs as well as individuals who are willing to contribute their instrumental skills to our worship services.

 So, if you want to be part of the joy, please contact the church office, the pastor, or Pete.

We are confident that you will feel the spirit and enjoy the fellowship as we “make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise”. 

Judy Newman


Church Council




The council oversees the life and activities of worship and ministries within the congregation.


The Council Team work together to support ministry leaders as they gather to serve according to the Word of God. 


They nurture and support  our Christian faith and foster Lutheran practices.


Janice Hodgson



Church Office Secretary

Hours: Tuesday - Friday

9:00am to 2:00 pm


Janice oversees all communications between Pastor, Council, and Church member activities.


If you have an item that you would like placed on the Sunday bulletin, please call or email Janice through the office email: office@zion-castroville.org  before Thursday of the week you would like item published.


Janice is also the EDITOR for our Monthly Newsletter. If you have any NEWS you would like to submit, please email or hand deliver the information to the office by  the 27th of each month, so it can make the next newsletter.


Janice also oversees the website committee updates and serves in multiple capacities to assist committee leaders in their efforts to fulfill our ministries mission.