ABOUT US

LUTHERAN BELIEFS

St. Paul is one of 150+ Lutheran congregations in the New Jersey Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Lutherans make up the largest protestant denomination in the world. Founded on the basic principles of theology and practice of Martin Luther, a 15th century German theologian, we believe that:

 

•  We are saved by the grace of God alone – not by anything we do.

•  Our salvation is through faith alone – we only need to believe that our sins are forgiven for

   Christ’s sake, who died to redeem us.

•  The Bible is the only norm of doctrine and l life – the only true standard by which teachings and

   doctrine are to be judged.

 

For more information about Lutheranism, please visit the web sites of the ELCA and the 

NJ Synod.

FAITH

When Lutherans talk about faith, we are talking about the relationship God’s Holy Spirit creates with us. It’s a relationship where God’s promise of steadfast love and mercy in Jesus opens us to a life of bold trust in God and joyful, generous service to everyone we know and meet in daily life.

Martin Luther was exuberant when he described the freedom of “a living, daring confidence in God’s grace, so sure and certain that believers would stake their lives on it a thousand times.” He once wrote, “Oh, it is a living, busy, active, mighty thing, this faith. It is impossible for it not to be doing good things unceasingly.”

Faith convictions expressed as statements of belief flow from this confident trust in God. ELCA Lutherans share in the faith expressed in the Apostles’, Nicene and Athanasian Creeds, in the Lutheran confessional writings (collected as the Book of Concord), and in the ELCA Confession of Faith.

At the same time faith does not close our minds to the world and our hearts to others. We continue to listen to the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments. We listen to the witness of others and we watch for the ways God is active in the world around us. Faith opens a place for engaging others in conversation, for seeking the truth, for asking questions and speaking love in word and deed.

Faith is a full life, liberated for a living, daring confidence in God’s grace.

WORSHIP

Worship is a dynamic expression of our faith. Holy Communion is celebrated at all worship services. 

Our Lord's Table is for all desiring to receive the Sacrament in Christ's Name. If you commune in your home church, we invite you to commune with us. Children may come forward for a blessing.

From the week after Labor Day in September through the middle of June, we worship at 8:30am and 11:00am. Children's sermons are a regular part of both services. A coffee hour follows the 11 am service. Education hour is from 9:40 to 10:40 am.

Our summer Worship schedule begins in mid-June and continues through Labor Day weekend, with services at 8:30 am and 10:00 am. Summer Fellowship Time is at 9:45 am.

OUR HISTORY

ST. PAUL WAS FOUNDED IN 1937 IN HIGHTSTOWN.  ITS FIRST CHURCH BUILDING WAS ON BROAD STREET IN HIGHTSTOWN.  IN 1971 A NEW BUILDING WAS BUILT ON ONE MILE ROAD EXTENSION IN EAST WINDSOR, A SUNDAY SCHOOL WING WAS ADDED LATER, AND IN 2008 A NEW SANCTUARY WAS DEDICATED, WHERE THE CONGREGATION PRESENTLY WORSHIPS.

OUR TEAM

James R. Egan

Pastor Emeritus (Retired)

Pastor Egan served St. Paul for 45 years, from 1978 until 2023.  Born and raised in Philadelphia, he graduated from Temple University and the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia.  Married to Gay in 1996, their blended family includes 5 children, 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. He is past chairperson of the Compensation Aid Task Force of the NJ Synod, mentored and supervised over 25 seminarians and participated in local clergy associations. He enjoys vacationing in the mountains of West Virginia and rooting for the Phillies.

Christian Humcke

Minister of Music

Christian Humcke is a composer, pianist, organist, and conductor.  He has also served as a piano teacher and as an accompanist for a civic chorus. He earned his Master of Music degree in Composition from the Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University, and before that attended Bucknell
University, earning a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition.

Laura Houck Welzer

Church Secretary

Laura has served as Parish Secretary since August 2004. She is a native of Hightstown and lives with her husband Steve in East Windsor.  Laura is an avid
gardener and reader.

Ayeska Egan

Sexton

Ayeska serves as church sexton.  She resides in Hamilton Township with her husband and two children.