Our Story

At St. Paul we call ourselves a family, because, through the grace of God, that is what we are. We're first and foremost the family of God. God takes us, with all our baggage, our preconceptions, and our judgements, he washes us clean through Christ, and he adopts us as his children. That is why God’s family, his Church, is bigger than any one group or one church. It is global; it spans throughout history and time, and it connects us with spiritual roots so wide and so deep it will take us an eternity to soak it all in.
At St. Paul, we are also a church family.  Like any family, we are comprised of real people with real hurts and real problems. But, these do not define us. Instead, we trust in God’s extraordinary grace. This grace is transformative.  It calls us to a profoundly new life, one that strives to love as Christ loved us:
“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.” (I Corinthians 13:4-7)
St Paul is one of the oldest Lutheran churches in Ottawa. In fact, almost all of Ottawa’s Lutheran churches have their roots here. Our church was founded by immigrants who migrated to Canada following the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71. And for almost 150 years, St. Paul has continued to grow and be a safe-haven where people can find God’s Word taught clearly and skillfully and fellow Christians living out their faith.