St. Paul is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, part of a global communion of 77 million Lutherans (to learn more about Lutherans around the world, click here. St. Paul has been serving Wheaton since September 18, 1927. It was a time between wars and two years before the stock market crash, which helped catapult the country into the world-wide depression. St. Paul English Evangelical Lutheran Church began in historic yet tenuous times. We are "evangelical" Lutherans, which means that our focus is on proclaiming the Gospel, and that our ministry is in continuity with the Protestant Reformation. We acknowledge our ecumenical ties, including the Roman Catholic church with which we share a heritage, and our "cousins" (full communion partners) of the Presbyterian, Reformed, United Church of Christ, Episcopal, Moravian, and the United Methodist Church.
Lutheran congregations in the United States are separately incorporated, calling their own pastors from the roster of the larger church, owing their own property, and determining their own future through participation of voting members of the congregation. The congregational constitution outlines our purpose, confession of faith, and organizational structure.
The leadership team of St. Paul is headed by Pastor Jared Olson.