1769The First Building
The first building was erected--a small, sturdy temple of forest-hewn logs. A steeple was soon added with a bright-toned bell, cast in England. This bell may well have sounded the call to freedom. For a hundred years this congregation witnessed for Christ without a regular pastor. Missionary pastors, such as Rev. Peter Muhlenberg, served these Lutherans during this period.
1775American Revolution Began
Washington D.C. was founded as our nation's capital.
1835The Second Building
The original log building was replaced by a frame structure in 1835. This building was used for worship and a parish school until after the Civil War.
American Samuel Morse developed the first, commercially-viable telegraph system in 1837 revolutionizing long-distance communication.
1861Civil War Began
The American Civil War broke out at Fort Sumter, South Carolina.
1867The Third Church
The cornerstone was laid for a new, one-story, stone building. The gavel used for this special service was the same one which President George Washington used to lay the cornerstone of our nation’s capitol building. The new church building consisted of one large room heated by a pot-bellied stove.
1869Our First Pastor
Rev. Dr. John J. Suman was formally installed as our first settled pastor by the President of the Maryland Synod. By that time, the congregation had waited a hundred years for this event. That same year, the congregation was received into the Synod with 25 communicant members, 10 officers and teachers, and 60 students in the Sunday School.
1871Our Second Pastor
Rev. Dr. George A. Nixdorff was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
Scottish-born innovator, Alexander Graham Bell is credited with inventing the first practical model in 1876.
1879Light Bulb Patented
Several inventors created rudimentary versions earlier in the century, but the first practical incandescent light bulb for the mass market was patented by Thomas Edison in 1879.
1895Our Third Pastor
Rev. Dr. Stanley Billheimer was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
Aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright are credited with inventing the world's first airplane, which they flew for four miles over South Carolina in 1903.
1905Our Fourth Pastor
Rev. Dr. David B. Floyd was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
1906Our Fifth Pastor
Rev. Dr. Luther H. Waring was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
1914The Fourth Building
The fourth and present church edifice of grey stone was erected in 1914 using the same cornerstone as the three former churches on this sacred lot. This building was made possible by a $50,000 bequest by Mr. Daniel Eli.
1916Our Sixth Pastor
Rev. Dr. N. J. Gould Wickey was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
The United States declared war on Germany, beginning the U.S.'s involvement in World War I.
1918Our Seventh Pastor
Rev. Dr. George D. Clark was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
1919Pipe Organ Installed
The Mohler pipe organ was installed and dedicated as part of the 150th anniversary observance.
1921Our Eighth Pastor
Rev. W. H. Hilbish was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
A parsonage was built beside the church on the current site of the fellowship hall.
1927Our Ninth Pastor
Rev. Harold E. Beatty was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
In September 1928, Scottish physician Alexander Fleming first isolated penicillin in his basement lab at St Mary's Hospital in London.
The old bell which had hung in the steeple of the original log church, but which was later sold to help keep the Church open at the close of the War of 1812, was salvaged from a junk heap in Romney, West Virginia.
U.S. forces were attacked by a Japanese armada at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, drawing the U.S. into WWII.
1950Korean War Began
North Korean troops invade South Korea. Within a week, U.S. troops were involved in the fighting.
1957Our Tenth Pastor
Rev. J. Glenn Boliek was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
1959Dedication of Beatty Building
The Beatty Educational Building was dedicated on September 20, 1959.
President John F. Kennedy was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas.
1965Vietnam War Began
The first American combat troops arrived in Vietnam adding to the 23,000 U.S. military advisors already on the group.
Civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr., was assassinated while on a motel balcony in Memphis.
1971Our Eleventh Pastor
Rev. Daniel L. Pierotti was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
1973Washington Free Clinic Opened
The first gay and lesbian community medical support organization, known as the Gay Men's VD Clinic, began in the basement of Georgetown Lutheran Church. This was the forerunner to today's Whitman-Walker Health.
1977Our Twelfth Pastor
Rev. William E. Wegener was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
1982Grate Patrol Began
Georgetown Lutheran Church first began participating in an ecumenical program to feed street people in Washington DC. This was the precursor to what is now the Salvation Army's Grate Patrol program which has distributed more than 1.3 million meals to the homeless and others in need of something to eat for more than three decades. Georgetown Lutheran Church has continued this tradition, making sandwiches and packing individual meals on the 2nd and 5th Sundays of every month.
A merger of three Lutheran churches formed the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 1988.
1994Winter Shelter Began
Georgetown Lutheran Church hosted its first congregation-based winter shelter in 1994.
1995Became a Reconciled in Christ Congregation
Georgetown Lutheran Church officially became a Reconciled in Christ Congregation whereby we fully accept, welcome, and include people of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and expressions in all aspects of the life of our church, congregation, and community.
1996Our Thirteenth Pastor
Rev. LeeAnn Schray was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
1997Thanksgiving Eve Meal Began
Georgetown Lutheran's annual Thanksgiving Eve dinner tradition began on November 26, 1997.
1999New Organ Installed
The Richard Howell pipe organ was completed in 1999.
2000Our Fourteenth Pastor
Rev. Phillip A. Gaines was installed at Georgetown Lutheran Church.
Nineteen terrorists hijacked four planes and crashed them into the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon, and an open field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, killing 2,996 people and injuring over 6,000.
2014Rev. Dr. Janice E. Mynchenberg
Rev. Dr. Janice E. Mynchenberg was assigned as a long-term, intentional interim pastor to Georgetown Lutheran Church.
2015Food Drive Began
Georgetown Lutheran began its annual community-wide summer food drive to help fight childhood hunger.
2017Our Fifteenth Pastor
Pastor Brett M. Davis celebrated her first Sunday with Georgetown Lutheran Church on September 10, 2017.