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Sadie Tuckerman:
"My time spent as a student at St. John in preschool through 8th grade was a fomative part of my faith journey and personal life, of which my faith is the integral center. Having teachers who loved us, cared about our learning, and dedicated time to teach us about the Bible and the story of Jesus gave me a basis to continue to grow in my faith and in my pursuit of knowing God deeper and more genuinely throughout high school and in college. 
When I think of St. John, I think of gratitude, for the learning and the love that I received for essentially my entire childhood."
Dystany Morris:
"I am a proud member of the alumni of St. John Lutheran School. I first attended in preschool and graduated 8th grade in 2010 as salutatorian. St. John is a very special place that will always feel like home. 
I believe it is important to learn the core values of being Christian at a young age and being able to apply it to every day life. This helped me to stay true to my Christian values while transitional to high school and college. 
I would like to thank the past and current teachers, coaches, pastors, and staff of St. John for being there for me, my fellow classmates, and for the children of today. St. John is truly a treasure for past generations and hopefully for many to come." 
Mrs. Karen Perdue:
 "I am writing this letter to thank you for the stellar education you have given my grandchildren. Between your school and my daughter, who is an exceptional mother, I am so pleased with the Christian education they had the opportunity to have. 
I recommend your school to all who will listen and need a great school. The teachers were all wonderful and friendly and I could tell they loved their jobs. I can't thank you enough for being there and pray your school will stay forever for other grandparents to enjoy their families being blessed through you all. 
God bless you all and one again THANK YOU!!! You are making a great difference in these young lives!!!"

why attendAt St. John Lutheran School in Defiance, children in preschool age 2 through 8th grade learn, grow and achieve in an environment enriched with Christian teachings and morals. 

We Offer

  • Strong academics and a balanced curriculum
  • Fully accredited school through NLSA 
  • Low student-to-teacher ratio
  • Highly dedicated and experienced teachers and administrators 
  • Competitive tuition 
  • Excellent parent-teacher partnership 
  • Google classrooms 
  • Accelerated Reading Program 
  • Academic competitions 
  • Band (Defiance City) and choir 
  • Before and after-school care 
  • Christmas Programs 
  • Educations field trips
  • Interscholastic sports (Basketball, Volleyball,  Cheerleading)
  • Over 10,000 book library


St. John Lutheran School places a high value on the use of technology in the classroom. Integrating the best technology engages students and develops 21st-century learners. 
  • 1:1 Chromebooks 
  • Smartboards & Document Cameras 
  • Wireless Classrooms & Filtered Internet 
  • Online Parent Information System called FastDirect

Curriculum Includes

  • Religion 
  • Reading 
  • Mathematics 
  • Science 
  • Arts 
  • Language Arts 
  • History/Social Studies 
  • Music 
  • Spanish 
  • Library
  • and of course recess!

School Goals

  • To educate the whole child spiritually, intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally.
  • To provide a high-quality program of Christian education that will lead students to learn about God, His plan of salvation, and receive His guidance through daily living.
  • To proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the children!

Christian Worship

  • Chapel weekly 
  • Student-led chapel 
  • Lent and Advent services 
  • Prayer daily 

Home of the St. John Lutheran Tigers

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St. John Lutheran Church in Defiance was founded in 1851 and led by Pastor Adam Detzer, and has come a long way since then.

From its first church building on Washington Avenue, built in 1852, to the purchase of four lots at the corner of Wayne Avenue and Juliet Street, in 1867 for $800, the footprint of the church has expanded to almost an entire block on Wayne Avenue.

That footprint includes St. John Lutheran School, which also was founded in 1851. The first school building was built at its current location in 1870 at a cost of $1,150.

God has blessed us over the many years of our church and school, with many good pastors and leaders that have put an emphasis on Christ and Christian education. Our first pastor, Adam Detzer was not only the first pastor of the church, but he was also the first teacher of our school. 

When you have this much history, it’s important to recognize that. We understand this church wasn’t built by one person, it’s many families, pastors, churchgoers … people who have sacrificed to make this a great place to worship and send their children to school for so many years. We know we need to honor our past, but we also need to work to continue to be a blessing to our congregation and to the community for another 170+ years.

To learn more about where we’ve been, about the people who took that leap of faith, and why it was important to them to have a place to worship and educate their children, has been a great journey, and our willingness to share our history with you.

The school also made such an emphasis to include families, especially the kids, and over the many, many years we’ve seen those kids grow into adults and remain attached to the church because they went to school here.

Please take the time and schedule a tour of our school or church. Please call 419.782.1751.