A brief history of St. Paul's

(taken from St. Paul's Centennial book)

St. Paul's Lutheran Church dates back to 1896. Shortly before that time, The Rev. H. Schlisser came from Fargo to do mission work in and around Crookston.

August 15, 1896, The Rev. Herman Drews of the Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Ohio and Other States organized a congregation in Crookston known as the Evangelisch-Lutherische St. Paulus Gemeinde, or St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church. In 1930, due to the merger of the Ohio Synod with the Iowa and Buffalo Synods, the group became the American Lutheran Church. Rev. Drews was the first resident pastor. The first services were held in private homes of the various members. Later services were held in the old Public Reading Room, the old United Lutheran Church, and Washington School.

In 1899, at a meeting held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. John Heldstab Sr., the decision was made to build a new church at 512 North Broadway. September 14 or 17, 1899, the new church was dedicated. St. Paul's called that location home until a new (and the current) church building was built at 1214 University Avenue and dedicated August 9, 1961. In 1988, the American Lutheran Church merged with other Lutheran denominations to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). St. Paul's is part of the Northwestern Minnesota Synod of the ELCA.

Charter Members of St. Paul's were William Heidrich, William F. Joenneke, John Heldstab Sr., Henry Jurk, Julius Aultmann, John Waterstrat, Charley Baumgarten, John Helm, Ferdinand Schmunk, Peter Heydt, Ernest Mueller, John Huelst, Otto Huelst, Fred Schmidt, William Laabs, August Kilman, Herman Schmunk, Michael Falewske, and Henry Panzer.

CALLED PASTORS OF ST. PAUL'S

Rev. Herman Drews           1896-1897

Rev. J Fritz                            1897-1900

Rev. A.H. Wendt                 1900-1904

Rev. J. Krueger                    1904-1906

Rev. I Wegner                      1906-1908

Rev. E. Schimpfky               1908-1917

Rev. William Durkhop       1918-1921

Rev. E.W. Lehne                  1922-1924

Rev. J. Hoyer                        1925-1928

Rev. G. Diemer                    1928-1930

Rev. Ed Domke                    1930-1936

Rev. Adolf Rink                   1937-1940

Rev. G.J. Heitmann             1941-1945

Rev. C.J. Fellger                   1946-1958

Rev. Alfred Oelschlager     1958-1986

Rev. Orlin Ness                    1990-1996

Rev. William Reck               1987-2018

Rev. Jeff Brown, OLF          2020-Present

INTERIM PASTORS AT ST. PAUL'S

Rev. Loren Mellum             2018-2020

Rev. Truman Daniels          1987

Rev. G. Spletstoesser

Rev. D. Fredine

 

STUDENT PASTORS AT ST. PAUL'S

James Wente

Donald Tigges

Richard Brandt