St. Paul's Lutheran Church

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Our History

1907                          Eleven charter members of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange begin to organize a new

                                  congregation and school in Olive



April, 1907                 First church building purchased for $500



Sept. 7, 1907             First sermon delivered by Pastor August Berner



Sept. 7, 1908             First day of school for St. Paul’s Christian Day School



Nov. 3, 1912              Ground-breaking for new sanctuary



1923                          Congregation begins to have two Sunday worship services – one in German, one in English



April 17, 1932            Congregations celebrates its 25th anniversary; 600 in attendance



1947                          Congregation votes to close the school for lower grades due to low enrollment and inability to

                                  find a teacher



1952                          Christian Day School reopens



1956                          Relocation committee appointed to find a new site for growing church and school



1957                           5.5 acre site at Heim and Canal purchased for $33,000; congregation moves from Olive to




1962                          Present day sanctuary constructed



1965                          Property in Olive sold for $75,000



Aug. 5, 1973              Pastor Ron Martin ordained and installed as Senior Pastor



1981                           St. Paul’s Extended Daycare (now “School Age Care” or “SAC”) established to provide after-

                                   school care for children with working parents



1985                           Heim Elementary School (two blocks west of the sanctuary) purchased from the Orange

                                   Unified School District for $1.8 million; school moves to Heim campus; Early Childhood

                                   Development Center (ECDC) opens in previous school facility



1999                           6 acres purchased across the street from the sanctuary for $4.9 million



2000                           First outdoor service held on Easter Sunday



2002                           Congregation sells 3 acres of the Heim and Canal property



Sept. 7, 2014              Pastor Scott Christenson installed as Senior Pastor