St. John Neumann Parish was established on February 1, 1978. In the beginning, our parish worshipped at John Wesley United Methodist Church, Welch Elementary School, Pleasant Run Golf Course Clubhouse,and a storefront in Woodfox Center until the dedication of the church building on May 17, 1985.
Since 1980, we have shared a consolidated school with St. Bartholomew and Corpus Christi parishes. Beginning with the 2008-2009 school year, we joined with St. Johns the Baptist
and Corpus Christi
parishes to form St. John the Baptist Pastoral Area School
Our most recent focus has been continued faith-filled worship, intergenerational faith formation, and incorporation of our youth into parish life. In 1999, the church gathering space was renovated with a new tile floor and baptismal font suitable for immersion. A parish pastoral center was constructed in February 2000 with staff offices, youth room, music rehearsal room and lower level for future growth.
The building, which had been used for offices and the pastor’s residence, was then remodeled to serve solely as a home for our pastor. In November 2000, the nave was renovated with new chairs to provide seating on all sides of the altar. New carpeting, lighting, and an updated sound systems were also installed at this time. In 2008, we raised the altar on a sanctuary platform that makes the Eucharistic Celebration more visible.
For the parish’s thirtieth anniversary, a parishioner generously “wrote” and donated an Icon of St. John Neumann for the gathering space. Also that same year, the Marian Shrine, which had marked the property even before the Church, was relocated behind the Church as part of a memorial garden. We have been blessed with five pastors: Rev. Jesse Lonsway, Rev. Patrick Duffy, Rev. Robert Waller, Rev. Thomas Feldhaus, Rev. Steven Kolde and Rev. Kyle Schnippel.