About Us

St. John's Lutheran Church is located in the small community of Essex in southwest Iowa.  St. John's is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). 


Church services are held every Sunday at 10:45 AM. 


St. John's Lutheran Church has been a part of the Essex community since 1976. We invite you to visit and learn more about our church and the love that God has for you.


Church Leadership

Pastor - Interim Pastor Ed Bastedo

Secretary & Organist - Judy Lundgren

Treasurers - Dennis & Diane Liljedahl

Custodian - June McClintock

WEB/Historian - Jane King

Church Council:

President, Diane Liljedahl

Vice President, Jacob King

Secretary, Judy Graham

Jane King

Drew Liljedahl

Janet Walker

Jake Gillespie

Our Mission

We, the members of St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Essex, Iowa believe in God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit and know that God so loved the world that he sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to be our Savior. We recognize that God's word is found in the Holy Scriptures and through prayerful study of these Scriptures, God's will is made known to us. 

Social Media

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