A pastor's kid from Lunenburg, N.S., Joel Crouse received his ordination in 1997 after graduating with his master's degree in theology from Waterloo Lutheran Seminary. He was called to Zion Lutheran Church in Pembroke, where he served for four years before accepting a call to St. John Lutheran Church in Ottawa. In addition to his social justice focus, he has served on the award-winning Interfaith Ottawa, Christian Council for the Capital Area as well as several joint Anglican-Lutheran initiatives. For the last two years, he has been contributing to the life of the larger church as the director of youth. Joel is married to Erin Anderssen and has two sons, Noah and Samson. His role models are his parents, Rev. Keith and Grethe Crouse, now retired after 45 years of ministry, who continue to teach him about compassion and faith.
In 1894 a small group of Lutherans, under the leadership of Mr. August Boehmer, broke away from St. Paul's Lutheran Church to organize the first German Evangelical Lutheran congregation in Ottawa. The services of the Canada Synod were requested by this group.
The year 1995 was a special one for the people of St. John. This was the 100th anniversary of the church founding. One of the activities from that year was the production a book to commemorate this history, "Come Celebrate With Us". This book is not just about the history of St. John Evangelical Lutheran … Continue reading 100 years: A history of St. John
Imagine your wedding in a quaint country church nestled in the heart of the city, between the beautiful grounds of Rideau Hall, and the lush shores of the Rideau River. For 108 years, lovers have been saying their vows at the altar of St. John's, and the church has maintained the charm of the past, … Continue reading Weddings at St. John
We, the people of St. John, celebrate the diversity in our Christian fellowship, work to foster love and justice in our community and wider society, and strive to follow these guiding principles: Jesus is Lord Everybody is Welcome Love Changes People Everybody has Something to Offer The world needs what we have