The St. Paul’s story
Our church was founded in 1838 when a group of German-Americans coming out of the German Reformed and Lutheran traditions decided to build a church in Uwchlan Township. By the early 1800s, Uwchlan was thriving with fruitful farms, general stores, inns, livery stables, lime kilns, sawmills, tanneries, factories, and artisans. We were a worker’s church and our founding members were farmers, tradespeople, and teachers. Beginning in 1833, our forebears met for Sunday school in the White School, which was the first public school in the township. A second building, erected in 1884, continues to serve as our home today. We are a diverse community. We do not require uniformity of belief and are committed to providing equal opportunities to all members, participants, and staff regardless of race, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, economic, veteran, health, or marital status.
We belong to the United Church of Christ
We are part of the United Church of Christ (UCC) – the first historically white denomination to ordain an African-American, the first to ordain a woman, the first to ordain an openly gay man, and the first Christian church to affirm the right of same-gender couples to marry. The UCC was at the forefront of the anti-slavery movement and the Civil Rights movement. The United Church of Christ is a distinct and diverse community of Christians that come together as one church to join faith and action. With over 5,000 churches and nearly one million members across the U.S., the UCC serves God in the co-creation of a just and sustainable world. It is a church of extravagant welcome, open ideas, and a body where “…they may all be one” (John 17:21). We believe in a God that is still speaking- a God that is all-loving and inclusive.