About St. Paul Lutheran Church
St. Paul Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Our church is in the Northwest/Lower Michigan Synod of Region 6 of the ELCA. We are part of the Synod’s Capital Conference.
The congregation has 175 confirmed members in more than 50 member households. Our members come from all walks of life, including chemists, secretaries, artists, teachers, nurses, as well as professors and students from nearby Michigan State University. No matter where you come from, you will always receive a warm, friendly welcome when you come to St. Paul.
Feeding God’s people both inside and outside while listening to what the people need.
Our Guiding Principles
We are a people who:
Listen for God’s Call – Believe and Trust in God’s Call – Answer God’s Call
Support each other in times of joy and sorrow
Live out our faith in prayer and service
Share food with the hungry
Believe the gospel is for all, not just Christians.
Pastor Carl Ballard
Elene Qobulashvili – Minister of Music
Jemal Tavadze – Assistant Minister of Music
Norma VanKuiken – Office Manager
As a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, we follow its model constitution and each year elect a Congregational Council. We are grateful for these volunteers whose love of Jesus inspires them to take up leadership positions at St. Paul.
2016 marked the 50th anniversary of St. Paul Lutheran Church as a congregation. We give thanks to Our Creator God for so many years of faithfulness given to and given through St. Paul. From the founding of the congregation in 1965, through the move to our present location in 1987, God has provided this congregation with many and varied blessings. St. Paul has been a welcoming place over the years for individuals and families who call us their home church.
We have a beautiful and varied music and worship life. Sunday School and Adult Education are strong and we hope our education program will continue to grow. Several members are involved in mission work in different parts of the world and others have either recently completed ministry training or are anticipating completing it in the near future. Our Mission Endowment Fund was started in 2006. As the principle builds, this money will allow us to find other ways of reaching out with the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.
We pray and ask God to continue to bless St. Paul’s congregation with guidance and presence.
Pastoral Servants of St. Paul
|Miriam Bunge, Interim||2000|
|Philip Nordstrand, Interim||2002-2003|
|Darrell Neves, Interim||2014-2015|