About Us - Our History
St. Paul's United Church of Christ a year or two after its dedication in 1958
Around 1840 - Local residents started a movement in the small rural Pennsylvania community of Coxtown and surrounding townships of Richmond, Maiden Creek, and Ruscombmanor to build a conveniently located union church for both Reformed and Lutheran worship.
1841 - Two acres of land on a site between Fleetwood and Walnuttown were purchased from Benjamin Hoch for $40. Construction began with the laying of the cornerstone. The cost to build the church was $3,000.
1873 - This growing community with small businesses that included a foundry became incorporated as the Borough of Fleetwood.
By 1921 - The aging St. Paul's union church became difficult to heat during winter, so both congregations worshipped at St. Paul's Chapel on North Franklin Street, which had been constructed in 1883. They continued to use the original church for spring, summer and fall communions, confirmation and special services into the 1950s.
1934 - The Reformed congregation merged to become St. Paul's Evangelical and Reformed Church.
1952 - Both growing congregations agreed to stop using the aging, original union church, which needed extensive repairs, and pursue the building of separate churches. Over the next several years, fundraising continued and the original church, built in 1841, was razed.
1957 - The Lutheran congregation moved into their newly constructed St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church at Arch and Laurel Streets. Also that year, the Evangelical and Reformed Church merged with the General Council of Congregational Christian Churches to form the United Church of Christ. The name of our church changed to reflect that union and became St. Paul's United Church of Christ.
March 9, 1958 - Our congregation held dedication services for our completed church at the corner of Arch and Green Streets.
A wedding in the St. Paul's U.C.C. sanctuary in 1960, officiated by the Rev. J. Paul Kehm.
The education wing houses Sunday school rooms, St. Paul's Preschool, and office space.
1970 - The growth in church membership and youth ministries resulted in a need for more space. The St. Paul's congregation embarked on a mission to add more Sunday school rooms and office space by constructing a new two-story education wing (pictured).
1987 - Continued growth in congregational numbers resulted in a project to construct a choir room and youth room downstairs and a narthex, lounge, rest rooms and nursery above. A new, small lift connected the sanctuary to the social room and other lower level spaces.
2010 - The congregation embraced a new mission with the purchase of a home next door to the church. The New Beginnings House provides temporary housing to people who need a hand up to get back on their feet financially.
2018 - We became an Open and Affirming congregation.
2020 - We embraced social media and technology by live streaming worship services and recording other special videos for the first time.
Today - As we look to the future, the members of St. Paul's United Church of Christ remain active in sharing God's word within our community and beyond. Our mission continues!
A more detailed history of the U.C.C. is available through the church office.