The Mission of St. Paul Lutheran Church
The purpose of this congregation shall be to give honor and glory to God, to carry out His will, to assist in preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ to all the world, to manifest the unity of our faith in Jesus Christ as God and Savior, to foster Christian fellowship and love, to extend a helping hand in human need, and to achieve our objectives by the preaching of the Word of God, by the administration of the sacraments, and by the religious instruction of all its members according to the confessional standard of the Evangelical Lutheran Church. This is the Mission of St. Paul Lutheran Church.
The Beliefs of St. Paul Lutheran Church
God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly. It is through this Grace, not any works that we have done, that we receive eternal life in Heaven. Simply put, God's love is what makes eternal life possible!
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him. Our faith in God's love for us is what unites us with Him.
The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for Christian doctrine. It is through this Word that we learn about God's grace and are able to have faith in Him.
If you would like to learn more about the faith that we confess here at St. Paul, feel free to explore the teachings and practices of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. Please visit our synodical website at http://www.lcms.org/belief-and-practice for more information.
The Leadership of St. Paul Lutheran Church
Reverend Thomas Ogilvie
Our pastor, Tom Ogilvie, has served the congregation of St. Paul since 2014. He was ordained as a minister in 1995. Since his ordination, he has served in a variety of congregations including College Hill Lutheran Church at the University of Northern Iowa and Shepherd of the Valley in the Des Moines metro. Pastor Ogilvie, in addition to serving the church, is also a loving husband and father of five children. Pastor's other interests include theatre, running, Neil Diamond, Peanut M&M's, and Mountain Dew.
According to the LCMS, the role of the Board of Elders is to, "Have authority and responsibility for the spiritual welfare and activities of the congregational members, individually and corporately." Each member of our congregation is assigned a specific elder that is responsible for meeting the spiritual needs of his designated congregational members. The Elders are also available to answer questions that any potential members may have about St. Paul.
The Church Council
The Church Council is responsible for all legal and business affairs that are not reserved for the Voters' Meeting. The Church Council oversees all the other boards and ministries at St. Paul. Each ministry reports to the Council and works with the Council to further God's work in our congregation and surrounding community.