Our current pastor is Reverend Sean Smith. Rev. Smith is a graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Prior to his time at Immanuel-St. Paul's, he has served congregations in Indiana and Southern Illinois, and he has participated in several LCMS missions across the world. Once a month, Rev. Smith leads a chapel service at the Manor at Craig Farm in Chester and frequently leads services at Three Springs Nursing Home in Chester. His wife, Heather, joined our congregations in 2017. Mrs. Smith can frequently be seen playing the organ on Sundays and has helped organize the church's library.
Rev. Sean Smith was installed at Immanuel and St. Paul's on Sunday, June 26, 2016. Rev. Smith is a graduate of Concordia Seminary in St. Louis. Prior to his time at Immanuel-St. Paul's, he has served congregations in Indiana and Southern Illinois, and he has participated in several LCMS missions across the world.
In addition to listening to Rev. Smith's sermons and Bible Studies, you can also catch him on KFUO or follow him on Twitter.
Fellowship and service is an important aspect of congregational life at Immanuel and St. Paul's. In addition to the volunteers who help by being acolytes, ushers, greeters, elders, trustees, organists, altar guild workers, and leaders, many of our members participate in more formal activities and organizations. To learn more about God's word, Bible Study classes are offered throughout the year on Wednesdays at 6:30 pm in St. Paul's Parish Hall.
Both Immanuel and St. Paul's have active Ladies Aid groups and Lutheran Women Missions League organizations. St. Paul's also has a Widows Fellowship group that meets once a month for Bible Study and other activities. For the men, a men's pinochle group meets once a month at meetings that rotate among different Lutheran churches in our area.
Activities are also available for our youth. During the school year (from September through May), Sunday School classes are held St. Paul's at 8:45 am. The Sunday School organizes and presents annual Christmas Eve service lead by the children. St. Paul's Sunday School children in particular frequently sing in church and initiate service projects, such as food drives and benefit lunches. Vacation Bible School is also offered for one day in the summer. For the youth, confirmation classes are available. St. Paul's also has a Youth Room in the basement under the church.