Munterville Lutheran Church (Near Ottumwa, Iowa)

A new Lutheran Church was organized in 1856 in the hamlet of Munterville, located 10 miles west of Ottumwa in rural Wapello County. Twenty-two Swedish families were charter members of the church, which met in homes until the first church was constructed in 1865. Services were initially held only in Swedish, but the arrival of English-speaking residents led the church to limit and ultimately end Swedish language services.

The present church building was dedicated in 1901; it was renovated and significantly expanded in 1956.