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Phone: (210) 688-3090

Email: zion@zionsa.org

Office Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30-5:00 and Friday 8:30-3:00.

Mailing Address: 9944 Leslie Road San Antonio, TX 78254

We are located at loop 1604 and Braun Rd

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Rev. G. E. Grueber (Pastor)

The Rev. Gotthold Emmanuel Grueber was born September 9, 1884 in Rehburg or Burton, Texas.  He was the first of several supply pastors that served Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes between 1911 and 1917.

Pastor Grueber entered Capital University, Columbus, Ohio when he was 18 years old.  He graduated in 1909 from Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary, Columbus, Ohio and was ordained as a Lutheran pastor of The Joint Synod of Ohio on June 6, 1909.  His first pastorate was as Missionary Pastor in Corpus Christi, Texas from July 1909 until December 1910.  He then took a position as assistant to his father, Pastor Frederick Grueber, at Bartlett, Texas.

In August 1911 Pastor Grueber accepted a call to the Fratt, Texas parish and served there until May 1915.  It was while at Fratt (Beital Memorial Lutheran Church) that he served as supply pastor to Zion Lutheran church of Helotes.  It was also during this time that Pastor Grueber married Matilda Wellensiek on May 1, 1912.  They had one son, Robert F. Grueber.

During Pastor Grueber’s two year association with Zion Lutheran Church, from the fall of 1911 until the fall of 1913, he conducted services two Sundays a month, usually on the second and fourth Sundays of the month.

He later served congregations at Schroeder, Gay Hill, Hondo, Runge, Bishop, Orange Grove, Cave Creek, Mission Valley, Jourdanton and Posey, all locations being in Texas.

During the above period, in April 1922, Pastor Grueber was called to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Hondo, Texas and served from April 1922 until 1926.  Several milestones were reached at St. Paul during Pastor Grueber's tenure.   Soon after Pastor Grueber's arrival, the church decided to hold both German and English services instead of just German services; later the Ladies Aid Society was organized by the women of St. Paul; a parsonage was built; the youth of the church organize the Luther League.

Pastor Grueber retired from the ministry in December 1953 and died March 20, 1966 at the age of 81 years.