On December 11, 2022, St. Michael’s Lutheran Church of St. Petersburg marked the 290th anniversary of its establishment and 30 years since its revival. The celebration gathered Lutherans, evangelical Christians, descendants of St. Michael’s historical parishioners, and workers of museum communities.
The festival culminated in the presentation of a book entitled “The Lutheran Church of St. Michael. Three Centuries in the Service of Russia” authored by the church’s senior pastor Rev. Dmitri Petrov and the church museum curator Tatyana Ryumina. The book also includes many texts written by late Olga Ryumina, the creator of St. Michael’s church museum. The book includes translations from German, archive documents, photos from private collections, reminiscences, and interviews. Today it is the most complete and reliable source of information about the life of this Lutheran congregation during the 290 years of its existence.
Copies of the book were presented as a gift to Bishop Laptev and Valentina Preiman, the widow of the church’s senior pastor Rev. Preiman (†2003). Mrs. Preiman had done a tremendous job selecting materials about the revival of St. Michael’s church in the 1990’s.
Photos by Irana Nadjafova