What We're About

St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church – Vilmar is a small country church located roughly halfway between Allison and Greene, at a location formerly known as Vilmar. In early November 2017, after leaving the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), St. John’s voted to join the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). Since the vote, St. John’s has been received as a congregation of the NALC. The NALC is a new Lutheran church for confessing Lutherans looking for a church that is faithful in its preaching and practice to the Holy Bible and to the teachings of the Lutheran Confessions. In keeping with the Lutheran Confessions, the NALC believes all doctrines should and must be judged by the teaching of scripture. 
Anyone is welcome to attend services and events at St. John’s. Sunday morning worship begins at 10 a.m., September through May; and 9 a.m., June through August. Weekly activities can be found through the worship calendar link on the website. God has blessed St. John’s in the past and the congregation knows He will continue to uphold them in the future.

Meet the Pastor


Rev. Christopher Martin was called to become the pastor at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church–Vilmar on June 17, 2018. He began his call on Aug. 1, 2018. He came to Vilmar after having previously served as pastor of Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, in Audubon, Iowa, from 2007-10; the McConnellsburg Lutheran Parish, which consisted of St. Paul Lutheran Church, in McConnellsburg, Penn., St. Paul's Lutheran Church, in Big Cove Tannery, Penn., and Mt. Zion Lutheran Church-Little Cove, in rural Mercersburg, Penn. from 2010-12; and most recently Emmons Lutheran Church, Emmons, Minn., from 2013-18. During his last year at Emmons, he also served part-time on an interim basis at Bethel Lutheran Church-Vinje, in rural Scarville, Iowa.

Pastor Martin has been active in the local ministerial association in each of his calls, and served as secretary of the Lake Mills, Iowa Area Ministerial Association during his time at Emmons.

Pastor Martin married his wife, Lindsay, on Oct. 29, 2005. They are the parents of three children: Bradon, Zachary, and Cassie, and live in the parsonage at Vilmar.