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Our History
 
A brief timeline...
 
May 1924 - Thirty-six interested individuals meet at the Goodman Avenue School and form "St. Paul" to be affiliated with the Evangelical Synod of North America.December
 
1924
The Rev. Henry C. Koch becomes the first resident pastor.
 
1926
The new church edifice on Parrish Avenue is completed at a cost of $21,000.
 
1928
The parsonage is built at the corner of Parrish & Goodman serving as the home of eight pastors until its sale in 1954.
 
1934
Our name is officially changed to St. Paul Evangelical and Reformed Church, as a result of the merger of the Evangelical Synod and the Reformed Church denominations.
 
1940
Membership grows to 300.
 
1941
One hundred and nineteen family members and friends of St. Paul Church respond to their country's call serving in WWII.
 
1949
St. Paul celebrates 25 years with a membership of 677.
 
1952
The Clovernook Theater with parking lot at the corner of Hamilton and Goodman Avenues is purchased to accommodate the growing congregation.
 
1953
Rev. Rudolf Gruenke is called to the ministry at St. Paul. His tenure lasts 13.5 years.
 
1956
Church membership reaches 726. Attendance averages 385 with Sunday School attendance averaging 278
 
1961
Ground is broken for the present sanctuary and educational building.
 
1963
The first worship service is held in our present sanctuary.
 
1966
Rev. Rudolf Gruenke retires and is named Pastor Emeritus.
 
1966
Rev. Nathan Wierwille is called as Pastor.
 
1974
Membership reaches 1208, Sunday School enrollment is 390.1984
Rev. Nathan Wierwille retires and is named Pastor Emeritus.
 
1985
Debut of new pipe organ.
 
1992
Rev. Andrew J. Bierkan begins his ministry at St. Paul.
 
1999
St. Paul UCC celebrates its seventy-fifth anniversary.
 
2000
St. Paul UCC launches web site at www.stpaulnch.org.
 
2001
Renovation of several areas of the building begins.
 
2002
Contemporary Service begins on Sunday evenings. Building renovations completed
 
Finish history here...
 
2010
Rev. Dr. Will Stackhouse begins his ministry at St. Paul