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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. Clarence L. Bohls (Pastor)

Rev. Bohls was the 13th pastor of Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes.

Clarence L. Bohls was born October 7, 1902 in Pflugerville, Texas, the son of Emil H. Bohls.  He graduated from Texas Lutheran College, Seguin, Texas in 1923 and from Wartburg Seminary, Dubuque, Iowa in 1927.  He was ordained a pastor of the Iowa Synod June 26 of that year.  He attended the University of Texas the summers of 1926 and 1927 and pursued night studies at Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, Texas from 1935 to 1937.

His first assignment was as missionary to Corpus Christi where he established First Lutheran Church and served that parish for 17 years.  He then served St. John’s Lutheran Church, Austin, Texas for 16 years before coming to Helotes.

Rev. Bohls was installed as pastor of Zion Lutheran Church December 10, 1961 by Dr. George Krueger, Vice President of the Southern District of the ALC.  He devoted a great amount of energy towards developing the Sunday School of Zion as evidenced by the building of an addition to the Sunday School classrooms with offices for the pastor and secretary, five additional classrooms and other facilities.  The friendship circle was formed in 1970.  It was during his ministry that the congregation changed its name to Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes.

Two milestones were celebrated during Pastor Bohls’ tenure at Zion.  On November 22, 1964 the congregation celebrated its 60th anniversary and in 1967 Pastor Bohls observed the 40th anniversary of his ordination.  Dr. A. C. Streng of Texas Lutheran College was the speaker at this special occasion.

Pastor Bohls resigned from Zion Lutheran Church to retire from the ministry in January 1974, ending the longest tenure (12 years) of any pastor who had served the congregation to that time.

During his ministerial career, Pastor Bohls served as a delegate to the ALC Convention in 1946;  President and Vice-President of the Lutheran Church School Association, Texas District;  ALC Mission Committee for many years and was a member of the Texas District, Bible Camp Committee.

After three years of retirement Pastor Bohls died January 18, 1977.