First formed in 1862 as the German School-Parish of Thornton Station, St. Paul Church, Evangelical Synod of the Northwest.  Through a merger with a United Church (Methodist and Presbyterians) in 1931, St. Paul was renamed St. Paul Community Church of Homewood (Evangelical Synod of North America) in 1931.  Through a series of mergers the Evangelical and Reformed Church (of which St. Paul Community Church was a member) and the Congregational Christian Church merged to form the United Church of Christ in 1957.  With the adoption of its formal constitution in Philadelphia on the Fourth of July, 1961, this new denomination was fully in place.
Our present sanctuary was dedicated in 1956 and is designed in the shape of an inverted boat (a boat being a traditional symbol for the church). The original church structure remains a part of our facility as the remodeled chapel. The bell that hangs today above the sanctuary is the original bell cast in Pennsylvania in 1865.
St. Paul Community Church continues to be an open and inviting congregation. We are a congregation that comes together out of many Christian religious traditions. We gather as part of God's people and bring to one another the richness of the traditions from which we come.
You are invited to explore more of St. Paul's history in our 135th Anniversary history book authored by former pastor Rev. Dr. Larry McClellan.
If you need copies of religious records please contact our Office Administrator.
Subpages (1): History