Contact Information
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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. H. Paul Probst (Pastor)

Rev. H. Paul Probst was installed as the 14th pastor of Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes in December 1973.

Born in Shreveport, Louisiana the son of Hugo Probst, Pastor Probst was a 1942 graduate of the University of Texas and graduated from Wartburg Seminary in 1944.  He was ordained September 10, 1944.  Miss Caroline Hoermann and he were married August 14, 1946.

His first pastorate was at Orange, Texas, where he served Trinity Lutheran Church.  He subsequently served Our Savior Lutheran Church, Fort Worth and Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Stuttgart, Arkansas before coming to Helotes in December 1973.

Pastor Probst’s 10 year ministry at Zion was marked by the beginning of a rapid increase in the congregation’s membership.  The membership growth coincided with the population growth of San Antonio moving into northwest Bexar county.

During Pastor Probst’s ministry a major addition to the church facilities was made with the completion of the Fellowship Hall in 1979.  The barbecue pit was completed in June 1981 and the cross tower was erected at the corner of Braun Road and Loop 1604 in June 1982.

Pastor Probst resigned from Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes and retired from active ministry effective November 13, 1983.  He died on July 6, 1997.  The following is a tribute to Pastor Probst published in the August 1997 issue of the "Connections", the monthly newsletter of Zion Lutheran Church of Helotes.

"WE MOURN THE DEATH OF FORMER PASTOR PROBST On July 6, 1997, Pastor Probst died after a lengthy battle with cancer.  His funeral and burial were in Rosenberg, Texas on July 9.

Pastor Probst served here at Zion from February 1974 until his retirement in November 1983.  Pastor Probst fulfilled 40 years in the ministry, having served at Trinity Lutheran in Orange, Texas, Our Savior Lutheran in Ft. Worth, Texas, and Emmanuel Lutheran in Stuttgart, Arkansas.

Pastor Probst was preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn, who also died of cancer several years after leaving Zion.  While at Zion, Carolyn was his "right hand man" and also helped with church secretarial duties.

Throught his leadership many things happened at Zion:  the Fellowship Hall was built;  a crosstower sign was erected; a new organ and pianos were acquired;  a large education scholarship endowment was established;  early communion was offered;  a new confirmation program with emphasis on the positive side of our faith - understanding it, not just memorizationa was implemented;  and the addition of a part-time pastor, Bob Thronson occurred.  Zion continues to benefit and grow from the results of his leadership.

We offer our deepest sympathies to his family and friends and know God rejoices in his newest angel."