German immigrants began arriving in Texas in the 1830s and quickly grew to represent more than 5% of the state population. By the late 1880s, a growing community had taken root in Falls County.
Religion was important to the early immigrants but their numbers often exceeded the available pastors and resources. After years of worship with itinerant pastors, a group of settlers in Falls County decided to establish their own church. On October 9th, 1894 the Deutsche Evangelische Lutherische St. Paul Gemeinde was dedicated near Marlin, Texas. The surrounding community came to be known as St. Paul.
After the original church was damaged by lightning, members decided to build a new church. Constructed in 1920, it still stands on a hilltop on FM 2307 and attracts visitors from across the nation for its historic architecture, beautiful stained glass windows, and spiritual serenity. St. Paul's small but active congregation hosts community events throughout the year and participates in numerous outreach efforts. Its constitution states that "the avowed purpose of this church shall be to worship God, to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, and to celebrate the Sacraments; to realize Christian fellowship and unity within this church and the Church Universal; to render loving service toward mankind; and to strive for righteousness, justice and peace." The members of St. Paul remain committed to this purpose.
In 2022, St. Paul became known as St. Paul Community Church. We invite everyone to join us for worship on Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
President: Anna W. Polster
Through the years, our century-old church has suffered significant structural decay. The basement foundation has been compromised and the building now requires extensive repairs. In July of 2016, its members voted to begin fundraising efforts to save this historic sanctuary. We are optimistic and inspired by the response, and we are deeply grateful to everyone who has contributed.
Update: Our restoration project thus far has been a tremendous success and we are encouraged and uplifted by the outpouring of support we have received. It has been a blessing to hear from so many old and new friends alike who share our dream of saving our beacon on the hill for future generations.
Update: We have completed the first phase of the restoration project, which included extensive and much-needed structural repairs. Please see the Progress page for updates on Phase Two.
We are no longer using GoFundMe, but donations will be gratefully accepted at:
St. Paul Restoration
P.O. Box 534
Marlin, Texas 76661
Please make checks payable to "St. Paul Restoration Fund." Donations are tax deductible.