Today's New Sweden Congregration is a mix of those who recently moved into the community and direct descendants of the founders of the congregation. We would like to share the good news of Jesus Christ with you and we offer a personal invitation to join us in worship.
New Sweden Evangelical Lutheran Church
12809 New Sweden Church Road
Manor, TX 78653
Rev. Hans J. Lillejord, Pastor
Cell Phone: 512-947-9044
Directions from Austin: Take US-290 East for 8.3 miles. Turn left onto FM-973 and continue for 4.8 miles. Turn right onto New Sweden Church Road and travel 2 miles.
Directions from Elgin: Take US-290 West. Turn right (North) onto FM-1100 and travel for about 5.0 miles. Turn left onto Manda Road and travel for 1.1 miles. Turn right onto Manda Carlson Road for .6 mile. Then turn left onto New Sweden Church Road and travel 1.1 miles.
Please read the May 19th, 2012 article published about our church in the Blackland Reporter by Bill Meyer. Special thanks to Bill Meyer and the Blackland Reporter for their kindness and support. Please click on this link to view the article: Church Article
Located approximately 5 miles northeast of Manor off of Farm to Market Road 973, New Sweden Evangelical Lutheran Church is a well-known Central Texas landmark surrounded by farmland. The 104 foot copper spire can be seen for miles across the countryside.
The New Sweden congregation has deep roots. It was organized on February 23, 1876 by Swedish immigrants and the Rev. J.O. Cavallin. The congregation continues to celebrate its rich heritage as it transitions into the 21st century.
Conveniently located 20 miles northeast of Austin and nestled among Pflugerville, Taylor, and Elgin, New Sweden offers the opportunity to share Christ's love in action through the community, music, and the spoken Word. We invite you to join us!
Founded on the Rock of Scripture
Moulded in the Grace of Tradition
Moving Forward in the Power of Faith
The New Sweden Congregation was organized on Sunday, February 23, 1876 with 43 charter members: 27 men, 16 women and 24 children. Services were held in homes, school houses and the little stone church at Gregg. These members were concerned about the preaching of the gospel and the administration of the sacraments.
The first church building was completed in 1879, located at the site of the New Sweden Lutheran Cemetary and dedicated without debt. The community was known as Knight's Ranch and the Congregation was named Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Manor, Travis County, Texas.
In 1885, a parsonage was built next to the church and it served as the home for the pastor and family and also as kitchen facilities for organizations and socials.
In 1887, the name was changed to New Sweden Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church. The building was not large enough to accommodate the members and it was extended twenty two feet. A chapel was built in 1896 in the Manda Community to serve the members living to the east. The only mode of transportation at that time was by foot, horses and/or wagons and buggies and the roads were dirt/mud.
In 1921, construction began on the present church edifice. This was located about halfway between the first church and the chapel at Manda on property given to the congregation by Johanna Petterson in 1903. The old church was torn down and the Manda chapel was moved near the site of the present sanctuary and used for Sunday School and Parish Hall. This sanctuary was completed in 1923 and its 104 foot copper steeple can be seen for miles directing us to God's house.
New Sweden Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA).