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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. M. J. Schwarz (Pastor)

The Rev. Schwarz came to Zion Lutheran Church from Mason, Texas as its 10th pastor.  He was installed by Rev. Sibberns, Professor at Texas Lutheran College, October 10, 1948.

Martin J. P. Schwarz was born November 7, 1886 in Breslau, Silesia.  Nothing is known of his early life and education.  He immigrated in 1909 and was ordained by the Texas Synod the same year.  It was also this year that he took Else Kluge as his wife.  She died in 1946 and he later married Mary Wendel.

He served parishes in McGregor, Pflugerville and Mason, Texas before coming to Helotes.  His two year pastorate at Zion is remembered as the period in which preparations were completed for a new church building (Church #2).  The loan was signed and the contract let.

Pastor Schwarz announced that he had received and accepted a call to St. Paul Lutheran Church in Cave Creek and St. John Lutheran Church in Crabapple, Texas in March 1950 and left for his new post in June of that year.

Rev. Schwarz was a part of the establishment of a Lutheran College in Sequin, Texas from the very beginning.  He served on the organizing committee that first met in Austin, January 26, 1911, to determine the feasibility of establishing a college in Sequin and he later was appointed to the building committee of this project.  This became Lutheran College of Sequin and later Texas Lutheran College.

He also was President of the Lutheran Aid and Orphans Society from 1929 to 1932.  During this time Pastor Schwarz installed Rev. Theodore Krienke as the first superintendent of Trinity Lutheran Home, a home for orphans.  The Lutheran Aid and Orphans Society became Lutheran Social Services in Texas.

Rev. Schwarz retired from the ministry in July 1953 and died April 12, 1964.