In 1840, St. Paul Lutheran Church was organized to meet the needs of a growing German population in the Third District of New Orleans. God, however, had grander plans and St. Paul quickly evolved into a beacon of spirituality for the larger, culturally diverse community we now call Faubourg Marigny.
Throughout our 170+ year history, St. Paul has transformed and sustained this community in the face of numerous challenges including several fires, the misfortunes of Civil War, the struggles and courage of the civil rights movement and the destructive forces of major hurricanes.
We fearlessly ministered to the needs of yellow fever victims at every church in the Third district.
We acknowledged the needs of orphans in the city by organizing an orphan asylum association within this very congregation; providing refuge to these children for decades.
Prior to the civil rights era, our leadership secretly met in the back seat of an automobile, resolute in addressing the spiritual needs of minorities.
Volunteers from St. Paul tutored neighborhood children after school, providing them with academic guidance and recreational opportunities.
St. Paul reached out to the community by creating the first AIDS care team in the city of New Orleans, which led to an interfaith network of caregivers reaching out to every neighborhood.
We also created voucher programs providing food and shelter assistance to the homeless in our midst.
And through all of this, St. Paul has successfully operated St. Paul Lutheran School, serving thousands of parents and children of the Marigny, Bywater, St. Claude and St Roch neighborhoods. Today, St. Paul School educates children from every corner of the City of New Orleans.
Though we rejoice in these accomplishments; we take no credit.
This is the work of the Lord. …In this place. …At this time.
The people of St. Paul Lutheran in the Marigny are here with open arms and open minds.
Everyone is welcome to join us in our renewed mission to shine the steadfast Light of Christ throughout this eclectic, ever-changing community.
Weekly worship services are held at 10:30 A.M. each Sunday. Sunday School and Bible classes are held prior to worship. Call the church office at (504) 945-3741 for more information.