St. John is a growing, vibrant community located in suburban Buffalo. Our congregation has a rich history of faithful worship, community involvement, pastoral care and faith formation which we continue to live out today. Whether you are a lifelong Lutheran, a drifting disciple, or new to Jesus altogether, you are welcome at St. John. Come to St. John where all people discover joy, share love, and grow faith.
St. John Lutheran Church of Amherst, the Mother Church of Buffalo Lutheranism, had its beginning on September 20, 1828, when a group of Lutheran men met in a room over a grocery on Main Street near Genesee Street and agreed to set up a church. For four years they, and like-minded persons, continued to meet for worship and to build a congregation. Here they welcomed the first pastor, Francis Guenther, and organized on February 10, 1833.
Lutheranism is a way of life, and for most of us, it is centered in the cross of Jesus Christ. Everything we say and do flows from that cross, because it is there where our sins are forgiven and life is restored. It is on the cross of Jesus Christ that God meets us. We do not find God; God finds us!
We aim to take a different approach in reaching out and helping people
along the journey. It’s very important to believe that you’re the one.