First Evangelical Lutheran Church

Xenia, Ohio

Most of the time, we want God to open doors for us. However, God wants us to open doors for Him. 

Virtual Ministry is the outreach platform for First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Xenia, Ohio during the Coronavirus Pandemic  We are a body of believers from all walks of life living in many locations throughout the world.  This online Ministry supports the body of Christ and other ministries as a ready resource for the purpose of encouraging the Christian Saints of God to engage in practical and actionable doctrine for living the Christian life whether in a “regular church” or not. We encourage our visitors and members to be a part of a “brick and mortar” church however we also realize that for various reasons this may not be possible.  So we endeavor to serve Christ in modern times by providing this resource so no Saint is left behind.

To join us, please visit the Worship Video Link found on the Main Menu

First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Xenia, Ohio

The Congregation Council and Call Committee is pleased to announce the Installation of:

The Rev. William O. Schwochow to the Office of Pastor.

The Rev. Robert Abrams, Assistant to the Bishop,

The Rev. Suzanne Darcy Dillahunt, will preach the Gospel and officiate the Installation.


We are a community of Christian faith that has been located and serving in the City of Xenia for over 175 years. Maybe you are visiting our website to get the latest information on worship times, to see our calendar of events, to listen to the weekly sermons, or to view the activities and ministries of our church. Perhaps you came here because you are seeking a place of peace and hope amidst a broken and troubled world. We believe that our only true hope for the future comes from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, through whose life, death, and resurrection we have been reconciled to God. Regardless of why you are here, we invite you to be a part of our faith community, to worship with us, and to join in the fellowship that is First Lutheran.

When you decide to visit us on Sunday morning, this is what you will find: a congregation that is warm and welcoming an active and joyous congregation with a servant's heart.  We, the people of First Lutheran desire to live out the Gospel in our lives by helping those in need and spreading the Good News to all who need to hear.  We are a congregation that longs to welcome you into the family of Jesus Christ at First Lutheran Church.  Come and see!

Yours in the love of Christ, Reverend William Schwochow

 Worship Service           Sunday Worhip and Holy Communion 9:30 AM

 All baptized, are welcome and invited to the Lord's table

Holy Communion is the Sacrament of the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus Christ

The true blood and body of Christ is present together with the bread and the wine.  (For those who desire, grape juice is available)

Quiet Activity Bags are available for the young members of the congregation

Meet First Evangelical Lutheran Church

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First Lutheran Church

287 West Main Street

Xenia, Ohio 45385


Rev. William Schwochow     email:


Sunday 9:30am


Church Office Hours

Tuesday - Friday

10:00am - 2:00pm




About First Lutheran

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Rev. William Schwochow

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