History

Watercolor of Original Church Building

Watercolor of 1950 Church Building

September 20, 1871
  St. Paul Ev. Lutheran is established
    Property at Joseph Campeau and Jay is purchased
1871-1872
  Parsonage and school are built
1872-1878
  Rev. Emil Dankworth is pastor
1872
  Pipe organ installed
    Affiliation in the ELS of Missouri
September 8, 1872
  Church and School dedicated
1878-1883
  Rev. CH Rohde is pastor
1883-1884
  Rev. HJ Schue is pastor
1883
  Affiliated with Ohio Synod
1884
  First English services are conducted
September 12, 1884
  132 foot Tower and three bells are dedicated
1885-1896
  Rev. GFH Meiser becomes pastor
    Addition of two rooms to the school
    New pipe organ installed
    German Hymnal of the Ohio Synod is used
    Four mission congregations are sent forth in Detroit:
Christ, Good Hope, St. James and St. Luke
1896-1906
  Rev. J. Vollman is pastor
    One mission congregation is sent forth: First English
    Central heating system is installed
1906-1921
  FW Abicht is pastor
    Martin Luther Mission is established
September 27, 1909
  Purchase Gethsemane Cemetery
    Start using envelope offering system
1921-1945
  Rev. E. Poppen is pastor
    Affiliation in American Lutheran Church
    Exterior of church building is resurfaced
    New three manual pipe organ is added
    Chimes are installed
June 1930
  School is closed
February 1945
  Church building is sold
1945-1950
  Congregation meets in Jackson Middle School in Detroit.
1946-1947
  Rev. George Grewenow is Pastor
1948-1976
  Rev. Charles Sandrock is Sr. Pastor
    Affiliation in The American Lutheran Church
    Present location is purchased in Grosse Pointe Farms
July 1950
  New church is erected
    Parsonage on Williams is erected
September 1961
  Education building is dedicated
1965-66
  Rev. Ken Lentz is Vicar
1973-1976
  Rev. Ken Lentz is Associate Pastor
1976-1983
  Rev. Ken Lentz is Senior Pastor
1984-1991
  Rev. Philip Wahl is Senior Pastor
    Affiliation with Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
1988
  Gethsemane Cemetery is sold
1992 – Present
  Rev. Frederick Harms is Senior Pastor
January 27, 2002
  New elevator and entrance is dedicated
February 1, 2004
  New pipe organ is dedicated

 


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For more information regarding the history of St. Paul and the Lutheran churches of the area, please contact the church office at 313.881.6670