About Us

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First English Evangelical Lutheran Church is at Stuart Circle on historic Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia.  We are a congregation of members of various ages and backgrounds, from all over the metropolitan Richmond area.

“We are a Lutheran community, celebrating the Gospel of Jesus Christ and striving toward faithful living in God's world.”

If you are visiting for the first time, please feel free to use one of the Visitor parking spaces behind the church.  You can access the Visitor parking spaces through the alley off of Lombardy Street.

Sunday mornings and early afternoon, street parking is available on both sides of Monument Avenue.  Additional parking spaces are available on Sundays and during the week in the parking garage in the alley behind the church building.  The spaces available for First English are on the western half of the bottom floor.

A Map and Directions to the church are available on our Contact Us page.

We have childcare available on Sunday mornings in our Nursery, which is located in the Scherer Building.  You can access the Scherer Building using the alley entrance or from the main church entrance off of Monument Avenue.  Please ask one of our Greeters or Ushers if you need assistance locating the Nursery.

Weekly Recurring Activities

8:15am - Service of Holy Communion
9:30am - Adult & Children's Sunday School; Choir Practice
10:30am - Service of Holy Communion
11:45am - Hospitality

12:00pm - AA Wednesday Noon Group Meeting
6:00pm - Wednesdays Together (Fellowship Hall, September - May)
12:00pm - TGIF NA Meeting
7:30pm - AA Not Saints Group Meeting

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Our History

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A small group of German Lutherans gathered in Richmond to found St. Mark’s Lutheran Church In 1869.

There were two other Lutheran congregations in the city worshiping in the German language at that time. In 1876, the members of the fledgling congregation changed their name to First English to emphasize their committment to ministry in the language of this country.  In 1911 the congregation made a bold move and built a new church at Stuart Circle on Monument Avenue, which at that time was at the western limits of the city.

We remain proud of our Lutheran heritage to this day. We are confidently rooted in the Gospel of God’s grace and deliberate in our concern to be both reverent to God’s Word and relevant to God’s world.

Please join us soon for services at 8:15 and 10:30 every Sunday morning.  We look forward to meeting you in person here at First English. May God bless you richly today and always! 

John Schweitzer, Pastor

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