St. Paul's Big Suamico

St. Paul's was started in 1874 by families who emigrated from England. They held services in their homes until a church building could be built. In 1878, the first Bishop's committee was organized and at approximately the same time, the Women's Guild was started for the purpose of raising funds to build a church and provide money for people in need. The congregation erected a small building on Velp Avenue in 1879 on land donated by a parishioner and materials, labor, and love provided by all members.

St. Paul's has been an active part of the community throughout its history. In 1917, parishioners built a Guild Hall a short distance from the church and it became the center for religious and social activities, not only for St. Paul's but the entire community. Wedding receptions, funeral dinners, variety shows, dances, card parties, and Bible school were all part of the joyous noise made in the community landmark. The hall became too much for the little parish to maintain and was sold in 1973.

In 2001, Ken Nelson, a member of the church, donated land on Flintville Road for a new church site with the stipulation that it be built upon within 5 years. With a great leap of faith, the small parish decided to accept the offer and developed a plan to build the church in two phases to avoid incurring any debt. Phase one included the construction of the fellowship hall with its dual purpose as worship space, a kitchen, classroom, offices, and bathrooms. Phase two is for the sanctuary and narthex.

Ground was broken for phase one on June 11, 2005 at the new site and the first service was held in the new building on December 11, 2005. Bishop Russell Jacobus consecrated the new building on January 19, 2006. The former church building on Velp Avenue was sold and is currently a restaurant. The dream to complete phase two still exists for the building on Flintville Road. However, in 2016, the congregation made the decision to update the fellowship hall section

Today, in its new location on Flintville Road, Suamico, we continue our mission to be and make Christ present and known, by word and deed to our neighbors.  We are excited about the journey we are on and look forward to the opportunities God provides for learning and growth. If you do not have a faith community of your own or are visiting in the area, we invite you to join us. All are welcome!