We are the oldest German speaking congregation in the Southwest and
still vibrant. Our beginnings, as so many in California, are at the
time of the Gold Rush. But, obviously, our values are more enduring.
We adhere to the words of Apostle Paul, “Silver and gold I have not,
but what I have I will give to you.”

As a German church community, it is our mission to serve the people
with the gospel in the German language. We thank God for our faith and
invite others to experience this faith within the congregation and in
the world.

The original church was first built on Spring Street (between 4th and
5th Streets) in Downtown Los Angeles. Dr. Carl Zahn built a private
home with a hall for worship service.

Pastor Gottlieb Bollinger organized the first German speaking Methodist Church.
The second church was dedicated, located on Fourth Street.
The third church was planned and built in 1910. On June 12, 1910, the Los Angeles Times printed a sketch of the new church of the German Methodists, located on Olive Street, between 4th and 5th Streets.
The current home of First German UMC/Christuskirche is quite an unusual architectural site in Glendale. It was completed in 1997.