St. Paul's Lutheran-Jefferson

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church-Jefferson


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Source: Centennial History of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Maryland 1820-1920, Wentz

The year was 1827. The United States was barely 50 years old. The Civil War was still more than a generation away. And in a little town now known as Jefferson in Frederick County, Maryland, a group of Lutherans decided to build a church. Joining with a Reformed Congregation, they erected a small stone church in the rear of the present building. St. Paul Lutheran Church was first organized in 1825 and was incorporated in 1841.

St. Paul continued to join with and separate from other Lutheran churches in the area. For about twelve years after its founding, the fledgling congregation was part of the Middletown, Maryland, charge. In 1838, St. Paul was separated from the Middletown parish and joined with Mt. Zion in Burkittsville and St. Matthew’s on the Manor and was known collectively as the Jefferson charge. In 1850 the congregation purchased the Dr. Cronise house for $2000 to be used as a parsonage. The parsonage located beside the church was built in 1847 as a doctors office. In 1858 Burkittsville left the charge and St. Matthew’s in 1886. The Jefferson parish then consisted of St. Paul in Jefferson and Mt. Zion and St. Luke in Feagaville. This three church parish continued until 1966, when St. Paul became an independent church.

In 1841, the Lutheran and Reformed congregations decided to build separate buildings. A lot was purchased and a brick church was constructed. The building was "45’ long, 35’ wide, and 18’ in the clear." The original construction contract called for "an altar, a pulpit, pews with two aisles, and a ten foot end gallery in the rear." A basement was furnished with pews and a desk. The original donors list can be seen at this link.

The present church building was erected on the site of the original building in 1866. It has been in continuous use since that time, although it has undergone several renovations, some planned and some not. In 1874 the rear gable was blown in by a violent storm, and when it was repaired tower bells were added.

In 1897 repairs and improvements were made to the interior of the church, including new leaded glass windows, light reflectors, and a pipe organ. In the 1940’s the interior of the church was again redecorated and organ chimes were installed. In 1952, a two-story educational building was added to the rear of the church. A complete interior renovation done at that time included the installation of new lights and carpets and moving the organ. In 1972 the church steeple was lighted, making St. Paul a landmark in the Jefferson skyline. In 1977 another renovation took place that included new lighting, carpet and gold trim painting. On May 2 of 1999 the congregation dedicated the former parsonage as the new Bishop Morris Zumbrun Parish House. The parish house is used for Christian education and the Jefferson Food Bank. In 2008 another sanctuary renovation was taken on by the St. Paul membership replacing flooring and pews.

St. Paul has always been a place where the Gospel is preached and the Word is studied. As far as is known, there has always been an active Sunday School program from the first days of the church. The St. Paul Sunday School has had one of the longest lasting church bands in Frederick County, having been organized in 1927 and active until 1999.

The women of St. Paul have never been ones to sit quietly on the sidelines. In 1883, ten women organized the Women’s Home and Foreign Missionary Society. Although this organization has had several name changes, including the Women’s Missionary Society, the United Church Women, and the Lutheran Church Women, it is now known as the Woman of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is affiliated with both Synod and Church wide organizations.

The youth of St. Paul have been nearly as active. The first youth group was organized in 1889 and was known as the Young Peoples Mission Band. Even though the name has been changed to the Young Peoples Missionary and Aid Society, the Light Brigade, Children of the Church, Young Peoples Missionary Society, the Luther League and to the present St. Paul’s Youth (SPY), the young people have been very active in our church. This activity has continued with the youth participating in the Camp Hope project yearly since the late 1980s.


3864 Jefferson Pike

Jefferson MD 21755

Phone 301-473-8626

The Pastors of St. Pauls

Rev. Katrina Holland 2007 -

Rev. Joe Lettrich (interim) 2007 - 2007

Rev. Virginia Price 1997 – 2006

Rev. Bruce Barth (interim) 1997-1997

Rev. Frederic L. Cudlipp 1975-1996

Rev. George W. Fitch, Jr 1969-1974

Rev. Walter F. Tappert 1967-1969

Rev. Eugene W. Young 1958-1965

Rev. J.C. Moreland 1954-1957

Rev. Morris Zumbrun 1945-1953

Rev. George H. Seiler 1927-1944

Rev. R.G. Lang 1922-1926

Rev. G.I. Uhler 1915-1921

Rev. A.G. Null 1908-1914

Rev. W. S. G. Metzger 1903-1908

Rev. George Miller 1902-1903

Rev. G.A. Bush 1901-1902

Rev. S.A. Hedges 1886-1900

Rev. W.H. Settlemyer 1878-1886

Rev. H.G. Bowers 1858-1878

Rev. Edwin Dorsey 1857-1858

Rev. B. Appleby 1855-1857

Rev. G.S. Collins 1853-1855

Rev. D.H. Hauer 1844-1852

Rev. W.F. Eyster 1841-1843

Rev. C.C. Baughman 1841-1841

Rev. Jesse Winecoff 1840-1840

Rev. Harpel 1838-1840

Rev. M. Wachter 1836-1838

Rev. Abraham Reck 1827-1836

Rev. Jacob Schnee 1825-1827