St. Paul’s Lutheran Church: 150th Anniversary and Still Proclaiming the Gospel

The current home of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church is at 1901 Portland Avenue South. Originally built as a Presbyterian Church in 1887, the building was acquired by St. Paul’s in the 1960s. The congregation worshiped in several nearby locations throughout its 150-year history.
Credit: photo courtesy of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church

By PASTOR TOM PARRISH, current pastor of St. Paul’s

Sunday, July 10, 2022, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Portland Ave S and 19e Ave will celebrate 150 years of fidelity and mission of Jesus. This time period takes us back to 1872, just seventeen years after Minneapolis was founded, and the same year St. Anthony Falls and Minneapolis merged into one city. Proximity to Fort Snelling, built in 1819, was one of the main catalysts for the establishment of the two cities and their unification as Minneapolis.

1872 was just four years before Custer’s defeat at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. In this mixture, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church was created. Throughout these 150 years, the church has had one purpose. This purpose is to clearly present the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How did Saint Paul’s Church fulfill this mission? The church did the typical things that most churches do by providing worship, music, education, Sunday school for children, and member care. But over those years, St. Paul’s has done even more. World Missions has played an important role in the life of the church by sending, supporting and praying for hundreds of men and women serving around the world. St. Paul’s was also on radio for many years under Pastor Carrol Satre. More recently, Pastor Roland Wells developed two inner-city ministries to train college-aged and older students to teach, serve, and change lives.

Today, St. Paul’s continues to minister downtown and around the world. Under the purpose mandate of the church, which is “Knowing Jesus, growing in him, sharing him with others,”St. Paul works to share the good news of Jesus, make disciples, and help men and women with resources, guidance, and support. Our goal is to continue evangelism until the day Jesus returns in this world.

You are invited to celebrate this 150e Birthday with us on Sunday July 10e. Learn more about this unique church at

Jerry B. Hatch