Lutheranism had its organized beginnings in this area when seven "friends of the Lutheran church of Massillon, Allen County, Indiana" established a congregation in the year of our Lord 1850. Shortly thereafter, another group of Lutherans in Root Township, Adams County, organized a congregation to which they gave the name Concord Lutheran Church.
It wasn't very long until one of the pastors of these congregations, the Reverend Simon Spyker, found some Lutheran people living in the vicinity of Hoagland who were in need of spiritual ministrations. He started preaching services among them; and on February 17, 1855, a congregation was organized and adopted the name "Antioch".
Antioch Lutheran Church is a congregation of the North American Lutheran Church (http://www.thenalc.org). The North American Lutheran Church (NALC) was constitued in Columbus, OH at the 2010 Lutheran CORE convocation. The NALC is geared around four key principals: Christ-Centered, Mission-Driven, Traditionally Grounded, and Congregationally Focused.