St. Paul United Church of Christ

101 N. 8th
Pekin, IL 61554
  • About

    As a congregation of Christ’s people, we are called to demonstrate and share God’s word of love, peace, mercy, and justice with all those whose lives we touch and welcome them into Christian fellowship. We will continue to grow in our journey of faith as we follow and serve our Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Established by first and second-generation immigrants to the UnitedStates, our congregation was organized on December 12, 1858, as St. Paul GermanEvangelical Church. The first worship services were held humbly in homes of its founding members.

    The first church building was dedicated on November 6, 1859.

    In 1934 the Evangelical Synod of North America (our denomination) united with the Reformed Church in the United States to form the Evangelical andReformed Church.In 1957 the Evangelical and Reformed Church merged with the Congregational Christian Churches to form the United Church of Christ. We have remained a UCC church ever since.

    Our current church building was dedicated in 1953. A quickly growing membership with large families, in addition to an increased demand for church programs and activities, necessitated the construction of the church’s educational building in1965. We recently celebrated the 35th Anniversary of our Austin pipe organ, dedicated in 1982.

    Today, St. Paul UCC continues to fulfill its mission in a way that honors its traditions and rich history, while also striving to meet the ever-growing spiritual needs of people today. We aim to blend the past with the present in a way that is meaningful and inclusive.