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St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Historic St. Pauls) Kitchener
1835 - 2011


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  • Birth  congregation began 1835  137 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Alt Address  St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    alt name  German Protestant Evangelical Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Church  1889  137 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    construction 
    Name  German Protestant Evangelical Church Kitchener 
    Died  congregation still exist 2011 
    Person ID  I204  Buildings and Organizations
    Last Modified  17 Sep 2011 

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    • St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church

      Begun: 1835

      A congregation was formed in 1834 by the missionary  Rev. Friedrich Wilhelm Bindemann.  The first church, known as the German Protestant Evangelical Church, was built on the south side of Church and Queen Streets in 1848 with Rev. Bindemann as the first pastor. The name of the church was changed on Easter Monday, 1869 to St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Berlin, Ontario. Two years previously St. Paul's had called Rev. Adam Ernst who succeeded Rev. H.W.H. Wichmann. Pastor Ernst's conditions to the congregation when accepting its call were that 1) the congregation join the Missouri Synod and 2) the church's name be changed. In the fall of 1871 the congregation made the decision to affiliate with the Eastern District, Missouri Synod. Pastor Ernst was followed by Rev. Peter Andres, from 1881-1894.

      A decision was made to build a new church and the last service in the old church was held on March 10, 1889. The next day the tearing down of the old building began. Work then began on lowering the hill on which the church had stood, before construction could begin on the new building. The cornerstone for the new church was laid on June 2, 1889 and the service of dedication was held on December 8, 1889. Of interest is the fact that the benches from the old church were retained for use in the new one.

      Records:
      Baptism dates: 1835- Location of records: at church
      Marriage dates: 1835- Location of records: at church
      Burial dates: 1835- Location of records: at church

      Births, Marriages, Deaths and Confirmations for 1835-1864 are at the Kitchener Public Library; indexed. See Waterloo County Marriages 1858-1869 for marriage information 1858-1862, 1864. Taylor (1986:70) reports that "exact birth places in Germany [are] often given."

      [ADDRESS/LOCATION: 137 Queen St. S., Kitchener, ON N2H 1W2; 745-4891.]
      References: Cronmiller 1961:115-116; Eylands 1945:64-67; Malinsky 1954:63-64; Moyer 1979:21; Stroh, WHS 1931(19):275; R. Taylor 1986; Threinen 1989:14; Uttley 1937:42-49; Weicker 1976:20; Weicker 1985.
      Church Histories: 1) 100th Anniversary: St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kitchener, 1835-1935. Kitchener, ON: Merchants' Printing Co., 1935. 2) Fiftieth Anniversary of the Dedication of St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kitchener, Ontario, 1889-1939. 1a

      1aAmbrose, Rosemary. Waterloo County Churches A Research Guide to Churches Established Before 1900. Kitchener, Ontario, Canada: Waterloo-Wellington Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, 1993. [used the kind permission of Rosemary Ambrose 2011] December 10, 1939.

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - congregation began 1835 - 137 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsAlt Address - - St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google Mapsalt name - - German Protestant Evangelical Church, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChurch - construction - 1889 - 137 Queen St. S., Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
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