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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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Rev. Henry A. Heineke (Pastor)

Rev. Heineke was installed as the eleventh pastor of Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes on October 10, 1950.

Henry August Heineke was born May 16, 1887 on a farm close to Washington-on-the- Brazos near Brenham, Texas.  It always seemed to him a wonder of God’s grace that he was called into the ministry, because his father was an agnostic, a descendant of those Freethinker Germans who came to Texas in the last century.

He first tried public school teaching.  Required to teach German, he received further coaching in the language from the Rev. G. Langner of Brenham.  This led to him being instructed by the latter and confirmed in the Christian faith and encouraged to enter the ministry.

After a year in the pre-seminary department of the Lutheran College at Brenham he entered Wartburg Seminary in the fall of 1908.  Toward the end of the school year he became seriously ill, and his doctor suggested a rest cure on a farm or ranch "somewhere in west Texas".  He found such an opportunity on the home ranch of a college classmate, Arnold Weber, at Fredericksburg, Texas.  In the Weber ranch home, where he spent four years recuperating from his disease, he also met Amalie Weber, who was to become his wife.

Because of his health, he was not able to return to Dubuque, Iowa to study at Wartburg, but the seminary arranged for him to finish his theological studies at Texas Lutheran College under the tutelage of its director, the Rev. C. Weeber, and when he was certified to be eligible for a call, Moulton-Baursville parish extended to him his first call.

On November 7, 1915 he was both ordained into the body of Lutheran ministers of the Iowa Synod and installed by the Rev. Langner in Zion Lutheran Church of Moulton, Texas.  Two months later, on January 5, 1916, he and Amalie Weber were married.  They had two children, a daughter Ora Nell and a son, James.

During his 43 years in the active ministry, Rev. Heineke served 8 parishes.  Upon leaving Moulton in 1920 he spent 3 years in the ranch country he loved near Fredericksburg serving the Doss-Cherry Springs parish.  Next came 4 years at New Wehdem (1923-1927).  It was here that, after his parents had come to live with his family, he had the joy of baptizing and confirming his father.

The church in Hondo, Texas came next (1927-1931), and then he answered the call which was to be his most difficult and perhaps most fruitful in the end: for thirteen years (1931-1941) he worked in New Braunfels, a town which had been settled by predominantly Freethinker German immigrants.  His last three charges were Trinity Lutheran Church in San Antonio (1944-1950), Helotes (1950-1955), and Beeville (1955-1958).

Pastor Heineke served Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes for five years.  During his tenure the new church building was finished and dedicated November 26, 1950.  A new altar, pulpit, lectern and clergy seat was donated and the educational facilities were expanded with the addition of Saner Hall.  The congregation celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1954.

It was during his ministry at Zion that Pastor Heineke’s son, James, completed his theological studies and was ordained by his father.  He was the first pastor to be ordained in Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes.  In June 1976 the father was privileged to preach at his son’s 25th ordination anniversary.

The Zion church books record the following; "On August 28, 1955, Pastor Heineke asked Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes to give him permission to accept the call from Peace Lutheran Church of Beeville, Texas.  The congregation by unanimous vote, granted him that permission."  Pastor Heineke had his farewell sermon on October 16, 1955, and moved to Beeville, Texas on October 19th.

He was pastor at Peace Lutheran Church of Beeville until his retirement from active ministry in January 1958.  During his semi-retirement he served as interim pastor at the following:  Orange (1958), Lamesa (1958-1959), El Paso (1960), St. Paul in Galveston (1960-1961), Holy Cross in Houston (1961), Lamesa, for the second time (1961-1962), Waller-Hempstead (1962), and Bellville (1962).  In each instance Pastor and Mrs. Heineke had to leave their home in Seguin and live out of their suitcases in the vacant congregation’s empty parsonage.

From 1966-1972 Pastor Heineke helped out in his home church, Emmanuel's in Seguin, as visitation pastor.  He was fully retired in November 1, 1972.  His wife died on December 13, 1976 and Rev. Heineke died April 4, 1980.  They are both buried in the San Geronimo Cemetery at Seguin, Texas.