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Phone: (210) 688-3090


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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Pastor James Heineke

James was born to August and Amalie Heineke in Hondo, Texas, on February 17, 1928 and baptized at St. Paul Lutheran Church of Hondo that same year.  The family, which also included a nine year older sister, Ora Nell, moved to New Braunfels in 1931.

He attended Ms. Bessie Baetge's Enchanted Hour Kindergarten, Carl Schurz Elementary School and the New Braunfels High School.  He was confirmed at St. Paul Lutheran Church by his father, Pastor H.A. Heineke.

In 1944 he moved to San Antonio with his parents and graduated from Harlandale High School in 1945.  From 1945 to 1947 he attended Texas Lutheran College in Seguin, Texas.  The next year he attended Trinity University in San Antonio and in 1949 graduated from Texas Lutheran College.

That summer was spent in Idaho working in the pea harvest and the Clearwater National Forest, followed by three years at Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa.

During the summer between his first and second year at seminary he served Zion of Helotes as supply pastor between the pastorates of M. J. Schwarz and H. A. Heineke.  It was in the original frame church building that he preached his sermons, conducted the liturgy and occasionally taught the adult Bible Class.  The stalwart members, young and old, were very tolerant and loving toward this fledgeling seminarian.  One of his special memories of that summer was playing volleyball with the Luther Leaguers on Sunday evenings.  His future wife, Doris McDougall, often accompanied him on these trips from San Antonio to Helotes.

The following summer was spent at St. Martin's Lutheran in Austin under the tutelage of F.C. Roesner.

Seminary graduation was followed by Ordination at Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes on June 15, 1952.  Participating were C.N. Roth, President of the Texas District of the American Lutheran Church; lifelong friend, Wilbert Doerr and his father, H.A. Heineke, who was the local pastor at that time.

The next day he and Doris, daughter of Walter Henry and Alma Mae (Kuhlmann) McDougall, were married in her home church, Trinity Lutheran of San Antonio. Together they served Christ Lutheran, Odessa from 1952-1955; Faith Lutheran, Weslaco, 1955-1959; Zion Lutheran, Castroville, 1959-1968, St. John Lutheran, Thrall, 1968-1975; Grace Lutheran, Sinton, 1975-1978; St. John Lutheran, San Antonio, 1978- 1985; and Zion Lutheran, Castroville, 1986-1990 (all locations were in Texas). During their first term in Castroville, there were several joint activities involving the Zions of Castroville and Helotes, including hymn festivals and volleyball tournaments. This was during Jack Slaughter's pastorate at Zion of Helotes.  (Jack and James had been classmates at Texas Lutheran College.)

During the years 1985 to 1986 James served as an editorial assistant at the Army/Air Force News Information Center at Kelly Air Force Base.

He retired from the active Lutheran ministry in July of 1990.  He and Doris have been living in San Antonio since then.  His first part-time job was as office secretary at Triumphant Lutheran Church of Garden Ridge.  Another part-time job, which he is still engaged in (2000), is reader/rater at Harcourt's Performance Assessment Center (a division of The Psychological Corporation).

He and Doris were blessed with three children, Michael, Stephen and Karen and three grandchildren, David, Elizabeth and Andrew.  And also a host of loving friends and parishioners.