God’s purpose for us at St. Paul’s is to be a nurturing Christian community, worshiping and sharing God's love by actively helping others here and beyond our walls.
Grace and Peace!
The apostle Paul would begin and end most of his correspondence with words that describe God’s great gifts. As Christians we believe in a gracious God, who through Jesus Christ has brought us peace for today and eternity.
We here at St. Paul’s continue the work of Jesus’ messenger Paul and share the same message of good news. As Lutheran followers of Jesus we emphasize that we are saved by grace through faith alone, as Martin Luther restated the apostle’s words in 1517.
As pastor at St. Paul’s I want to greet you and invite you, on behalf of our congregation, to experience, celebrate and share God’s gracious love. We believe that we are called, gathered, and sent to bless you, one another, and the world with Jesus’ gift of saving peace.
So, come to be a part of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, where faith, hope, and love abide.
Yours, Pastor S†efan Munker
Faith + Hope + Love
St. Paul's is a historic and contemporary church on the courthouse square in Hillsboro, Illinois. Founded in 1832, the church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching the ELCA trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.
ELCA teaching or theology serves the proclamation and ministry of this faith. It does not have an answer for all questions, not even all religious questions. Teaching or theology prepares members to be witnesses in speech and in action of God’s rich mercy in Jesus Christ. Accordingly, the congregation is very active in our own community and supports social efforts throughout the world.
Pastoral Anniversary Message
Grace and peace and joy in the name of our Savior and Lord Jesus the Christ!
This year A.D. 2022, our church celebrates 190 years of ministry and we are making it a jubilee for all people.
The Apostle Paul writes in Phil 2: “God is the one who enables you both to want and to actually live out his good purposes. [...] I’m glad with all of you. You should be glad about this in the same way. Be glad with me!”
We are the oldest continuously worshiping Lutheran congregation in Illinois.
Thus we joyfully give thanks for the faithfulness of members and pastors over many decades here.
God’s Word of good news has been and continues to be preached, nourished at the altar, and lived out in this community.
On May 1, we commemorate the first sermon with an anniversary service and a message about our past, present, and future.
Everyone is invited to join us for worship, learning and service as we celebrate, experience, and share God’s love beyond St. Paul’s walls and 2022.
Thanks be to God! Pastor S†efan Munker
The Pledge of Christian Endeavor
Pastor Stefan Munker has shared his youth camp experience and how he made a faith commitment. He challenges the youth and all members of St. Paul’s to make a pledge modeled on that used by the Christian Endeavor organization that reached, invited and prepared our pastor for faith, commitment and service.
"Trusting the Lord Jesus Christ for strength, we endeavor to live for Him boldly and make it the practice of our life to: pray and study God’s Word daily, serve others freely, share our faith openly, worship God in our church regularly, and humbly lead His cause for our generation – to lead many to a relationship with Jesus, and together build God’s kingdom reign."