Our History

We are the oldest German speaking congregation in the Southwest and still vibrant. Our beginnings, as so many in California, are at the time of the Gold Rush. But, obviously, our values are more enduring. We adhere to the words of Apostle Paul, “Silver and gold I have not, but what I have I will give to you.”

As a German church community, it is our mission to serve the people with the gospel in the German language. We thank God for our faith and invite others to experience this faith within the congregation and in the world.

The original church was first built on Spring Street (between 4th and 5th Streets) in Downtown Los Angeles. Dr. Carl Zahn built a private home with a hall for worship service.

Pastor Gottlieb Bollinger organized the first German speaking Methodist Church.

Biltmore Hotel

The second church was dedicated, located on Fourth Street.
Pershing Square
The third church was planned and built in 1910. On June 12, 1910, the Los Angeles Times printed a sketch of the new church of the German Methodists, located on Olive Street, between 4th and 5th Streets.

Glenoaks Blvd

The final home of Christuskirche is quite an unusual architectural site in Glendale. It was completed in 1997.

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