About St. Paul

CREATION & THE FALL

Nothing in existence came into being by itself. God the Father is the creator and sustainer of everything, He is the Almighty Maker of heaven and earth.  He created everything perfect, but man ruined His perfect creation.  As a result, man lost the perfect visitation of God on earth.  But God was not about to let man suffer without Him forever: He promised to send a redeemer for man’s sin.

JUSTIFICATION

Only a perfect man could reverse the fall. Only an almighty God could redeem an entire world of people from their sin.  Jesus Christ, the eternal Son of God, is our Savior from sin and Savior from our separation from God. He redeemed us by paying the punishment for our sins and God the Father declares that we are justified. Jesus traded our sins and gave us His righteousness. He traded our death and gave us life.

SANCTIFICATION

The salvation Jesus won in His death on the cross is brought to us by the Holy Ghost through the Word and Sacraments.  Because we are redeemed, does that mean we should continue in sin? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?   Through Baptism and the Word of God, and the power of the Holy Spirit, we were buried with Christ into death, just as Christ was raised from the dead, we rise to new life and should walk daily in our new life. We go to church to thank God for all He has done for us, but more importantly, we gather as a group to continue to receive together the gifts of forgiveness, strength, hope, and salvation which God has promised to His entire church on earth.

About Our CORE VALUES

1. Faithful to God’s Word (Psalm 119;  2 Timothy 3:14-17;  2 John 2;  3 John 3)

2. Committed to Prayer (James 5:13-16;  Psalm 50:15;  1 Chronicles 16:11;  Matthew 7:7)

3. Integrity (Psalm 26:2-3;  Proverbs 10:9;  11:3;  Mark 12:14;  Titus 2:7)

4. Caring/Family Focus (Acts 10:2;  1 Timothy 3:5;  Ephesians 5:21-33;  6:1-4)

5. Contagious passion (Matthew 28:18-20;  Acts 2:1-41;  2 Corinthians 11:16-29)

6. Creative / Engaging (Psalm 33:3;  40:3;  1 Corinthians 9:19-23;  Acts 17:22-34)

About Our CORE EMPHASES

  • Diverse worship services
  • Seeking God’s Will through prayer
  • Church Family (welcoming, friendliness, involvement)
  • Children (St. Paul Pre-school) & youth program opportunities
  • Bible Focus
  • Mission Outreach
  • Care Ministry
  • Opportunities to Serve Others
  • New Member Instruction (AIM)
  • Small Groups
  • Quality Staff & Committed Lay Leadership
  • Stewardship ($$ and time/talent)
  • Unity within congregation (harmony & respect, “Can do attitude”)

About St. Paul Lutheran History

Our Beginning 1855 – Our first building was made in 1858 – 1890, then another one made in 1890 – 1915

Our Mission Pastors – These men planted the seeds of what was to become our congregation.

  • Reverend F. Steinbach 1855-1857
    • Several vacancy pastors (F. Lochner of Milwaukee and M. Guenther of Grafton) served Trinity Congregation until early in 1855 when the Rev. F. Steinbach was installed. Rev. Steinbach began traveling to serve the Lutherans scattered in and around our small community with weekly visits. Services were held each Sunday afternoon at various homes in the village.
  • Reverend Daniel Stecher 1858
    • Rev. Stecher replaced Rev. Steinbach in 1858. Various histories have given credit to Rev. Steinbach for starting our congregation while others have named Rev. Stecher, the man who replaced him at Trinity. Rev. Stecher served our people for a very short time in Sheboygan Falls since they were able to call their first resident pastor, Rev. Ernest Rolf 1858-1860

The 1900s – St. Paul Lutheran had two buildings made in 1915-1994, 621 Broadway in downtown Sheboygan Falls, then to our current 1995 building located at 730 County Road PPP. 

2000 to Current – September 30, 2004, the 150th Anniversary Celebration Committee met for the first time. January 16, 2005, was chosen for the kickoff weekend. “St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 150 Years of Blessings, Where Everybody is Somebody and Jesus Christ is Lord.”

  • Reverend Thomas W. Vanderbilt 2001-2004 Associate Pastor
  • Reverend Mark Janzen 2005-2018
  • Reverend Kyle Backhaus 2018-Current Senior Pastor
  • Reverend Rob Schrader 2021-Current Associate Pastor
  • Emeritus Pastor Donald Hasse 2004
  • Emeritus Tom Gudmundson 2021

Pastors

Pastor on Call

Pastor Kyle is “On Call” during the first half of each month (1st – 15th) ext. 123

Pastor Rob is “On Call” during the last half of each month (16th – end) ext. 113

For emergencies during evenings and weekends, call 467-6449 and press 116 to be connected to the Pastor On Call.

Funerals & Weddings – May contact pastor of choice, however, if there is no preference, they will be assigned a pastor. 

Baptisms – Pastor that is preaching for the week will typically officiate the baptism, both during services and private.

Directors & Office Staff

Christina Zeuner

ECC Director & Lead Preschool/4K Teacher

Christina Zeuner

preschool@stpaulfalls.com

Karri Brandt

Office & Membership Assistant

Karri Brandt

karrib@stpaulfalls.com

Leah Zehel

The Gathering Place Director

Leah Zehel

leahz@stpaulfalls.com

Savannah Henn

Director of Children & Family

Savannah Henn

savannahh@stpaulfalls.com

The Gathering Place Staff

Leah Zehel

The Gathering Place Director

Leah Zehel

leahz@stpaulfalls.com

Patti Duenk

TGP Program Assistant

Patti Duenk

pattid@stpaulfalls.com

Gina Schefsky

Program Assistant & Volunteer Coordinator

Gina Schefsky

gina@stpaulfalls.com

Mark Janke

Kitchen Manager

Mark Janke

markjanke@stpaulfalls.com

Early Child Care Staff

Christina Zeuner

ECC Director & Lead Preschool/4K Teacher

Christina Zeuner

preschool@stpaulfalls.com

Amy Murphy

Preschool & 4K Teacher

Amy Murphy

amym@stpaulfalls.com

Michelle Leuck

Lead Child Care Teacher & Assistant Director

Michelle Leuck

michelel@stpaulfalls.com

Rose Stiemke

Assistant Child Care Teacher

Rose Stiemke

roses@stpaulfalls.com

Meg Peterson

Assistant Child Care Teacher

Meg Peterson

megp@stpaulfalls.com

Lisa Kropelin

Assistant Child Care Teacher

Lisa Kropelin

lisak@stpaulfalls,com

Lay Leaders

Jeff Berg

Church Council Vice President

Jeff Berg

jeffb@stpaulfalls.com

Donna Felch

Secretary Treasurer

Donna Felch

donnaf@stpaulfalls.com

Church Council Members-at-Large

Elders