St. Mary Lutheran Church - Saratov

The Lutheran parish in Saratov was officially organized in 1793, although Pastor Ahlbaum was active in the city before then.

St. Mary Lutheran Church was built in Saratov. A new building was constructed in the 1870s.  It is a twin to the church that was built in Zürich. This building was torn down in 1971.

Construction on the new St. Mary's church was begun in a neighborhood south of downtown. It was consecrated on 13 May 2018, 225 years after the parish was founded.

Pastors & Priests: 

Before the 1941 deportation, the Lutheran parish in Saratov has been served by the following pastors:

Laurentius Ahlbaum (1773-1786)
Johann Gottfried Herrmann (1803-1816)
Karl August Limmer (1818-1820)
Ignatius Aurelius Feßler (1819-1832)
Adam Christian Paulus Kohlreiff (1820-1822)
Johann Samuel Huber (1823-1834)
Johann Gross (1835-1853)
Konstantin Ferdinand Butzke (1855-1865)
Karl Friedrich Wilhelm Kossmann (1866-1888)
Gustav Schomburg (1883-1887)
Gustav Adolf Thomson (1888-1912)
Liborius Behning (1901-1926)
Felix Coulin (1905-1907)
Woldemar Lankau (1914-1918)
Erhard Torinus (1915-1918)
Arthur Kluck (1915-1918)
Eduard Seib (1918-1924)
Christfried Wagner (1926)

Following the collapse of the Soviet Union and the re-birth of the Lutheran Church in Saratov, the parish has been served by the following pastors:

Alexander Scheierman
Andrey Dzhamgarov

Sources: 

- Schnurr, Joseph. Die Kirchen und das Religiöse Leben der Russlanddeutschen - Evangelischer Teil (Stuttgart: Landsmannschaft der Deutschen aus Russland, 1972): 194.
- "The Ambassador of Germany were consecrated in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Saratov." Russia News Today (13 May 2018). [Online]
- Vinogradova, Julia. "Dedication of St. Mary's Church in Saratov." News from Lutheran Churches in the Former Soviet Union (23 June 2018). [Online]

Lutheran Church in Saratov (1902).
Source: Steve Schreiber.

St. Mary Lutheran Church in the center of the photo. The conservatory (which still stands) can be seen on the far left of this photo.
Source: FaceBook.

Architectural rendering of the new St. Mary Lutheran Church in Saratov.

The new St. Mary Lutheran Church - currently under construction.