About St. John’s
Who We Are
Welcome! For 147 years, St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge, Ohio, has played a prominent role in the community and the world. We are the church on the “hilltop,” located at the corner of U.S. 20 and S.R. 163.
As the people of God, we are committed to fulfilling our divine mission: “Saved by the grace of God to witness and to serve others,” and growing into our God given vision: “To become a church of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who are dedicated to spiritual growth for the sake of the world.”
We invite you to join us and experience the love of God!
What We Believe
St. John’s Lutheran Church is a Christian congregation, and as such we believe in One Triune God: Father, Son and Holy Spirit, as revealed in God’s Holy Word, the Bible.
We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God in human flesh, and that He died on the cross and rose to life again for our salvation. We believe that God offers forgiveness of sins and eternal life through Jesus Christ. We believe that the Holy Spirit gives and strengthens faith through the Word of God and the Sacraments of Baptism and Holy Communion. This faith is a joyous faith which offers strength and courage to the disheartened and provides real purpose for living and certain hope for the dying. We believe that Christians express their faith in a life of Christian witness and service to others. These expressions of faith include: Daily Prayer, Daily Bible Reading, Weekly Worship, Generous Giving, Faithful Witness, and Serving Others.
We are a member church of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), which is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. It is a denomination of over 4 million members with 9600 congregations.
St. John’s Mission Statement
Saved by the grace of God to witness and to serve others.
St. John’s Vision Statement
St. John’s Lutheran Church in Stony Ridge, Ohio, is a church inspired by God’s vision. Proverbs 29:18 states, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” However, where there is a vision, God is glorified and the Kingdom of God is exalted. God’s vision is that we become a church of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who are dedicated to spiritual growth for the sake of the world.
God calls us to reach out to young families, children, and our neighbors in Stony Ridge and the tri-township area (Perrysburg, Troy and Lake). Through a pathway of spiritual growth, church leaders will equip new and established believers to develop into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ. As written in Ephesians 4:12, we are “to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ.”
God envisions a Church where everyone grows deep and wide in their love for God through Daily Prayer and Daily Bible Reading. God envisions a Church where the entire community gathers to Worship Weekly as we pray, praise, and give thanks to God. God envisions a Church where all Give Generously and enthusiastically share their time, talents, and treasures for the glory of God. God envisions a church where compassionate people Serve Others. God works through our hands and hearts to alleviate the plight of people in need. God envisions a Church that Lovingly Invites young families, children, and our neighbors into a deeper relationship with God and one another.
This is God’s vision for St. John’s – a church of fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ who are dedicated to spiritual growth for the sake of the world!