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


September 7, 1907          First sermon delivered by Pastor August Berner


September 7, 1908          St. Paul’s Christian Day School, first day of school


November 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     Congregation 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 the growing church and school


1957       5.5 acre site at Heim and Canal purchased for $33,000.  Congregation moves from Olive to Orange.


1962       Present sanctuary constructed


1965       Property in Olive sold for $75,000


August 5, 1973                   Pastor Ron Martin ordained and installed as Senior Pastor


1981       St. Paul’s Extended Day Care (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       Six acres purchased across the street from the sanctuary for $4.9 million.


2000       First outdoor service held on Easter Sunday


2002       Congregation sells three acres of the Heim and Canal property


September 7, 2014          Pastor Scott Christenson installed as Senior Pastor