St. Paul's Lutheran Church

Normanby

St Pauls Church - Historic
"Fieldstone church built in 1874"

St Pauls Church - Present

History of St.Paul's

  • Established 1859 - The first Lutheran Congregation in the surrounding area
  • The congregation of St. Paul's Normanby was organized in September 1859, by Rev. C.F.W. Rechenberg, with 37 members on the charter.
  • Rev. Christian Behrens was the first called resident Pastor. He served the congregation from November 1861 until September 1, 1868. Rev. Behrens died at Normanby on October 14, 1868 and rests in St. Paul's Normanby Cemetery.
  • In 1937 a Cairn was erected in front of the church to honor the Rev. Christian Behrens.
  • In 1917 a red brick parsonage was built just north of the church building. This has provided a home for resident Pastors.
  • In 1925 a bell was brought from Cincinnati, Ohio. This bell measures 42 inches at the mouth and weighs 1350 pounds.
  • On June 17, 1957 a contract to build a Church House (auditorium) was signed. This contract was awarded to Mr. Mel Wedow at a cost of $27,440. Ground breaking took place on July 14, 1957. On August 25, 1957 the corner stone was laid.
  • In 2009 the church house was made wheel chair accessible by adding a ramp.
  • In 2009 St. Paul's Normanby had a weekend long celebration marking the 150th Anniversary of the congregation. On Friday evening the church was packed for an "Elvis" Concert with our local "Peter Irwin". Saturday evening in the Church House saw a son of our Congregation "Rev. Dick Holm" and his band perform to the delight of those in attendance. And Sunday morning was marked with a heart-warming service. Presiding Minister: The Rev. Paul F. Langohr and Guest Preacher: The Rev. Fred Ludolph.
  • In 2019 St. Paul's Normanby Lutheran Church and property has been sold to Markham-Waterloo Mennonites. The facility will be used as a parochial school. Our congregation is pleased to see our Historic church Building in the hands of a Christian organization where the "Lord's Prayer" will be part of every school day!
  • Information pertaining to St. Paul's Normanby (Birth, Marriage, and Death records for St. Pauls Lutheran Church) is available on microfilm at the Ontario Archives in Toronto. They may be available in other locations as well, please check your local library. The listing is: F 978 Church records collection - MS 706 reel 1 Evangelical Lutheran Church Records Grey & Bruce Counties 1a. Jubilee Booklet, St Paul?s Normandy to 11. St James - Register # 2. (Acc 15898)