The History of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church


The Start of Prince of Peace Church - 1965
In 1965, a group of Lutherans contacted the New Jersey Synod about the possibility of a Mission being started in the rapidly growing community of West Windsor, NJ.

On October 14, 1965, with Mercia Bachmann as their spokesperson, they made an official request to the Synod for such a mission. Just short of a year later, the first Lutheran worship service in West Windsor was held on October 6, 1966 at the Maurice Hawk Elementary School. Officiating was Pastor John Pfisterer who had been called by the Board of American Missions of the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) to develop a congregation in West Windsor. 

Maurice Hawk School  
  Pastor and Mrs Pfisterer

The New Mission Church - 1967
During 1967, three and a half acres on the Princeton Hightstown Road were purchased and a large sign placed on this property stated: "Future Site of Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, now meeting at Maurice Hawk School."

Also during 1967, many activities began in the new mission congregation - some in cooperation with other congregations in the area. There was a "Couples' Club; Chrismons made for the first Christmas Tree; Monthly Pot Luck Suppers; A Mission School on Sunday evenings; a Women's Group; an Adult Choir led by Pastor Pfisterer; the First Confirmation Class and Welfare Projects as well.

Pastor Pfisterer, his wife Susan and their young son
  Prince of Peace Church is formed - 1968
Then on April 21, 1968 an Organizational Meeting was held, a Church Council was elected and installed and Prince of Peace Church became the newest congregation in the New Jersey Synod. John Pfisterer, who until now had been a Mission Developer, was called by the congregation to be its first pastor in June 1968. He served until the end of 1971.
Organizational Meeting 4/21/1968

The First New Building - 1976
Eight years after the Princeton-Hightstown Road Property was purchased, the cornerstone of the new church was placed in 1975 and work progressed rapidly. In February 1976 the congregation moved from Maurice Hawk School into their new building with its small but adequate sanctuary, and a tall slender steeple. Dedication was on February 29, 1976 with Pastor Fred Schott presiding.

Approximately 12 years later, the congregation's growth prompted the formation of a new building committee. Plans were presented and work was begun on the addition of a new Sanctuary.


The Present Sanctuary of Prince of Peace Church - 1991
The congregation worshipped in the new sanctuary for the first time on September 15, 1991. A dedication service was held on November 17, 1991, with a member of the congregation, Dr. Karlfried Froehlich, preaching and New Jersey Synod Bishop E. Roy Riley, present.

For a detailed History of PoP Church from 1968 through 1993 written by Mercia Bachman and by Norman Nuding, click HERE.

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