our history

Our history is the history of God keeping His promises to His children. God has been faithful to the people of St. Paul's as He has come to them through His Word, Holy Baptism, and the Lord's Supper. 


St. Paul's was founded in 1849 by a group of German Lutheran immigrants. The first church building was a log cabin not far from where our present day church is located. This log cabin served both as a place of worship and a school. Over the next 165+ years, St. Paul's will grow to a large congregation with two campuses, one on each side of that first church site. Throughout its history, this church has reached out and and touched the lives of not only the West County community, but far beyond - even to many foreign countries - with the Gospel. Our mission is to strengthen the saved; save the lost.

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staff

  • pastor david smith

    senior pastor

    Pastor Smith was called as St. Paul's Senior Pastor in 1998. He graduated from Concordia College, Austin, Texas; Concordia Senior College, Fort Wayne, Indiana; and from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, earning a Master of Divinity degree. He earned the degree Doctor of Ministry in Preaching from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. He has served on the staff of several churches and was the Dean of Student Life at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.

  • Pastor Thomas was called to St. Paul's in July 2014. He graduated from Concordia College in Ann Arbor, Michigan; and from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, earning a Master of Divinity degree. He also earned a Master of Sacred Theology degree from Concordia Seminary and completed his Doctor of Ministry degree from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He served as pastor at Zion Lutheran Church in Mascoutah, Illinois. Pastor Thomas has also served at Concordia Seminary as Director of Admissions and Vice President. He has also served as the Executive Director for Pastor Education at The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

  • pastor kevin thomson

    assistant pastor

    Pastor Thomson was installed at St. Paul's as Assistant Pastor in June 2016. He graduated from Concordia Seminary, St. Louis in 2016. He graduated from Concordia College Chicago.

  • pastor paul prange

    visitation pastor

    Pastor Prange has served part-time at St. Paul's since 2000. He visits our homebound on a regular basis. He served as Senior Pastor at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church in Bridgeton, Missouri, for many years.

  • mark bender

    minister of music

    Mark was called as the Minister of Music in 1991. He earned the Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education - Director of Parish Music degree (1974) and the Master of Church Music degree (1976) from University University (River Forest) Chicago. He has also been presented the honorary Christus Vivit award (Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, 2005) and the honory Doctor of Letters degree (Concordia University Chicago, 2011). Mark previously served as Minister of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church and School, Indianapolis, IN (1974-1991). He is a published composer of choral and organ music. He served on the LCMS Commission on Worship (1995-2004), and as chairman (2001-2004). Marks serves as an elected member of the Board of Directors of Concordia Publishing House.

  • melissa kalbfleisch

    music ministry assistant

    Melissa was called to be the Music Ministry Assistant in 2010. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in Church Music from Concordia University Chicago. Melissa assists with service playing, St. Paul's choirs, the Music at St. Paul's program, and other aspects of the music ministry at St. Paul's.

  • sharon shearman

    dIRECTOR OF FAMILY MINISTRIES

    Sharon directs Women's and Men's Ministries, Small Groups, and assimilates New Members.

  • michelle anderson

    YOUTH COORDINATOR

    Michelle coordinates youth events for middle school and high school age youth; serves as assistant to the Financial Manager.

administrative staff

  • laurie barnett

    financial manager

    Financial manager, accounts payable/receivable, HR benefits, payroll, stock contributions, HR policies, background checks

  • sue funk

    worship secretary

    Pastors' assistant, youth ministry assistant, calendar/room requests, key/keycard requests, statements, schedule weddings, baptisms, altar flowers, Good News/e-letter announcements, prayer requests, hospital updates

  • renee hemmy

    members secretary

    Receptionist, membership transfers, committees' assistant, CD ministry

  • julie claus

    ministries secretary

    Assist the Director of Family Ministries

  • marie jakle

    director of communication

    Public relations and communications, The Messenger, Facebook

  • jim funk

    facilities manager

    Contracts, building maintenance, room set ups

  • ron nichols

    it support

    Computer set-up; i-Pads maiantenance, networks, computer labs, phone system

job opening

There is an opening for a full-time Facilities Manager. The job description is available here


If interested, please contact the church office or call 314.822.0447.

tabby comfort dog

Tabby is a trained Lutheran Church Charities K-9 Comfort Dog. She interacts with people at churches, schools, nursing homes, hospitals, events, and in disaster response situations. Tabby is a friend who brings a calming influence and allows people to open up their hearts and receive help for what is affecting them. Tabby has her own Facebook page here.