The Chinese Mission at St. Paul’s was begun in 2011 and reaches numerous Chinese families, including children, originally from mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. An average of 35-40 people worship across the street from St. Paul’s at the Lutheran Community Outreach Center each Sunday morning at 10:30. So far, 25 people have been baptized (12 adults and 13 children or infants) and there are 26 communicant members.
On Sunday February 27, 2011, Reverend Dr. Michael Paul was installed as Associate Pastor – Missions, with focus on outreach to the Chinese community in Evansville. Pastor Paul has served as a missionary, church planter and seminary professor at LCMS sites in Asia. He attended Concordia, Seward for 3 years, transferred to Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (where he graduated with a BA in Linguistics), and earned the MDiv and PhD degrees from Concordia Seminary, St Louis. Pastor Paul and his wife Irene have three children – Rachel, Jonathan and Elizabeth.
In September 2014 Pastor Paul accepted a call from the LC–MS Board of International Missions to serve as a Missionary -Theological Educator in Asia. He and his family will be visiting congregations to develop a support network until they move to Asia in the summer of 2015. If you or your congregation would be interested in supporting the Pauls, contact Pastor Paul at the email address below.
St. Paul’s has appointed a call committee to begin the search for a Pastor for the Chinese Mission Congregation