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About First Lutheran

About Us

First Lutheran Church was organized by Swedish immigrants in Jamestown in 1856. The first church was constructed in the 1860’s at the corner of Center and Chandler Streets. Since that time, the congregation has seen many changes, including changes in membership and the replacement of the original wooden church with the current cathedral-like church that was completed in 1901 as part of a construction project that began in 1892. The adjoining Education Building and Chapel were constructed in the 1950s.

The church’s archives contains numerous historical documents and photographs. For research or genealogy inquiries, please contact the Historical Committee by calling the church office at 716-664-4601.


Church History

Our Pastors:      1856-present

First Lutheran Pastors

Our Pastor

Mark Swanson

The Rev. Mark E. Swanson

Pastor Mark Swanson was called Sunday, March 6, 2022 by First Lutheran Church to serve as our new pastor. Pastor Mark has now begun his service as Pastor of First with his first Sunday being Sunday, August 7, 2022.

About Us

Music Ministry

Brian Bogey, Organist/Choir Director
Brian Bogey, Organist/Choir Director
Kim King, Worship Leader and Coordinator of Contemporary Worship
Kim King, Worship Leader and Coordinator of Contemporary Worship

Come Join Us  and
Hear the Good News!

More information about attending church services is available on the Visitor Info page.

Where We Gather

First Lutheran Church
120 Chandler Street
Jamestown, New York

First Lutheran Church
worship service

What to Expect

  • Inspirational and beautiful worship setting
  • Prayers for those in need of healing & comfort
  • Sermons proclaiming the Good News of Jesus Christ

When We Gather
on Sunday

  • Contemporary Worship
    9:00 am in the
    Contemporary Worship Center
  • Fellowship & Refreshment
    9:45 am in the
    Church Parlors
  • Sunday School
  • Traditional Worship
    11:00 am in the
    Main Sanctuary