Germantown Presbyterian Church

Greg Belfrage

Sioux Falls, United States

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Chancellor, S.D. (USA) – Germantown Presbyterian Church is located near Chancellor. I found some horribly written history of the church online which I believe was a direct translation from German. I’ve condensed and rewritten it below. There’s no explanation as to why the church bell stands out front of the property, since the original design of the church clearly intended a bell tower. There’s a beautiful little country cemetery just across the street from the church.

Please visit my Churches and Cemeteries collection to find more photos of historic and country churches in southeast South Dakota.

14 November 2012
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History of Germantown Presbyterian Church

More than a century ago when Dakota was not yet divided into two states, the first East Friesian settlers began to arrive in this area. It was known as the “Germantown community” and was a few miles north of the present-day towns of Lennox and Chancellor.

The first settlers arrived around 1880 and attended the services of the nearby German Reformed Church. Germantown Presbyterian Church was officially organized on May 5, 1886 with 21 members. The first services were held in the church in May 1887. A new church building was dedicated on September 28th, 1948.

The 100th anniversary of Germantown Presbyterian Church was celebrated in 1986. The church acquired farmland In 1999 to financially support the construction of the new sanctuary. The farm is still maintained to help with financial responsibilities and all labor is donated by members of the congregation. The current sanctuary (right of this photo) was completed in March 2000. The old sanctuary was converted into a fellowship hall.

Germantown Presbyterian Church celebrated its 125th anniversary in 2011.

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