St. John Lutheran Church

The Purple Door Church

1100 North Main St.  Celina, OH 45822




Why do we Baptize? It is the great commission of our Lord Jesus that we would, “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Matt 28:19  Through water and the Word of God in baptism, we are liberated from sin and death by being joined to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Rom 6:3-4 God uses baptism to bring about faith. In baptism, we are “born again of the Spirit” John 3:5 to begin a new life freed in Christ to love God and serve others.


Schedule the Baptism

The first step scheduling a baptism is to call or email our receptionist Rachel at or (419) 586-2332.  Or contact Pastor Jeff Gramza at: or (419) 586-2332 to ask questions or to schedule a baptism.


Common Questions


What is an appropriate age for baptism?

Since the first days of the Christian Church, infants and adults have been baptized. We believe God is the one who acts at baptism through the earthly element of water connected to God’s unshakable promise. When infants are baptized, parents make promises for their child until the child is old enough to affirm these promises for themselves at Confirmation.


Do I have to be a member?

No. Baptism is open to all who believe and wish to be baptized in the name of God the Father, Jesus Christ the Son, and the Holy Spirit, whether you are a member of St. John Lutheran Church or not.  While congregation membership is not a requirement, we do believe a person is joined to the community of faith through baptism. In baptism, commitments are made to enter a life-long journey of faith within a congregation. We encourage families to be connected to a faith community. If you don’t have a church home, please consider the Purple Door Church as your church family.


What if I was baptized and raised in another faith tradition?

We believe there is only one lifelong Christian baptism in the triune God (The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit). There is no need to “re-baptize” when someone comes to the Lutheran church from another Christian faith, or if someone who has been baptized feels they have fallen away from the faith. Baptism is about God’s promise to you.  God’s word at baptism holds firm!  God never falls away from you.


 Baptismal Sponsors/God Parents

One or more persons of your choosing will stand with you during the baptism. Sponsors have a calling to encourage the child in Christian faith. Sponsors can be any family member or friend who is a baptized Christian.


Can I do a private baptism?

We do not perform private baptisms at St. John Lutheran Church. Baptism is entry into a community of faith, where the people of St. John Lutheran make promises to love, support, and pray for the one baptized.


So I’ve been baptized. What now?

Baptism is not a “one and done” event. Baptism is the first milestone in a life-long journey of faith in community with other believers in the world.  If you are baptizing your child, you are making promises to teach them the Christian faith, to bring them to worship, and to attend worship yourself. It’s important you work on your own spirituality to help them grow in their baptismal relationship with God.


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