We would like to welcome you and tell you a little something about our congregation: its pastors, leaders and staff; its opportunities for worship and growth; and its beliefs, programs of Christian education, and opportunities for fellowship.
It's been said that "strangers are only friends we have yet to meet." We're happy that you have chosen fellowship with our St. Paul congregation. May you find comfort and joy in our beliefs and remain with us as a friend.
Mission & Belief
The continuing purpose of this congregation, as a gathering of Christians, is to serve all people in God's world with the gospel of Jesus Christ on the basis of the Holy Scripture (Matthew 28:18-20)
The primary objectives of this congregation shall be:
This congregation is affiliated with and supports the work of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). We are also affiliated with and support the work being done by the Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries (WLIM) and the WELS KingdomWorkers.
- To faithfully proclaim the law and gospel, to lead sinners to repentance and faith in Jesus Christ for life and salvation (2 Timothy 4:2; Luke 24:26-48).
- To strengthen believers in faith and sanctification through the means of grace (Romans 10:17).
- To equip believers as disciples, stewards and witnesses for sharing the gospel of Jesus with our fellow people (Ephesians 4:11-12).
St. Paul Lutheran Church was organized on May 23, 1864. The first church burned to the ground in 1897, after which a larger church was built. When the church outgrew its buildings, it purchased 15 acres of farmland and relocated to its present site and built a still larger church. Ground was broken in 1958, and the new worship facility was dedicated to the glory of God on June 12, 1960.
The building itself is a tasteful blend of contemporary and traditional church architecture. It continues to serve our congregation well. Our present congregation now embraces approximately 550 households, 1100 communicants, and 1450 baptized souls.
The official name of the congregation is "Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church of Hartford, Wisconsin." In 1969, the congregation made a commitment to the children of our congregation and voted to open a Christian Day School, and by October of 1970 a grateful congregation dedicated its new school building.
The school continued to grow and by 1991, a second story was added including five classrooms, a computer lab, a library, offices, and work and storage areas.
Today, our total program of a Lutheran Elementary School combined with a preschool for 3 and 4 years olds, embraces about 250 children, taught by nine Lutheran day school teachers, a certified preschool teacher, other part-time teachers and aids, and numerous volunteers.