From Stanger GenForum, Teressa Salmons, July 31, 2003 Memorial Marker at Zion Lutheran Church in Wythe County, Va:
Reverend John Stanger, founder, Zion Lutheran Church. Born June 1765 Kircheim, Germany; Died 14 October 1848; Married Anna Magddalena Wampler, 25 December 1791, born 23 May 1772 Lancaster Co. PA, Died 19 November 1846.
Epitaph on Gravestone:
In memory of an indulgent and good father this stone is erected by devoted children. Dr. John Stanger is buried here. The virtues of husband, father, and friend were his. Let no rude hand deface this stone, nor hasten wasting time by removing this memorial, that he lived and loved and that here rests the remains of one whose memory the survivors of his home would cherish and praise
Zion Lutheran Church was founded in 1790 by Rev. John Stanger. The Rev. John Stanger was born in Kercheim, Germany on 10 June 1765, he attended the University of Tubige, majoring in Theology and in Medicine. He arrived in the Spring of 1787 in Charleston and moved with other Germans to Rowland Co. NC to minister to the German Lutherans. In 1790 he received a call to organize a church among the German Lutherans in Wythe, Virginia. From 1791 to 1794 the services were held outside under a make shift pulpit between two trees until a log church was built in 1794. The trees are still standing today, although one of the trees acquired severe damage after hurricane Hugo in 198?. Rev. Stanger served as the minister until 1824 when he was elected to the Virginia of Delegates for four terms. He married Anna Magdalena Wampler on Christmas day 1791 and had nine children. He died on Oct 14, 1848 and is buried at this church.
The next two German Congregations in Wythe County, Virginia, would be Zion Church, in 1791, located on the waters of Cripple Creek, south of Rural Retreat, Virginia, and Saint John's, in 1800, located just north of Wytheville, Virginia.
Summary of Public Service:
From Mary B. Kegley called "Zion Church, Wythe County, Virginia: Annotated Baptismal Records 1791-1835, p. 3. fide Fred C Webb, Stanger GenForum, Sept 21 1999