70 Year History of St. Paul Lutheran Church

Rev. P. Rowoldt 1942-1949

1942 February
St. Paul Lutheran Church Organized
Congregation Incorporated.
First Sunday School Class.
1943 May Congregation received into United Lutheran Church of America.

Rev. J.B. Moore 1949-1951

1950 November 318 Club House Rd. Parsonage Dedicated.

Rev. Seaman 1951-1956

1955 September Hammond Church Organ Dedicated.

Rev. E. R. Eastman 1956-1963

1957 November New Church site Route 9 & Cable Ave. purchased.
1960 September Parsonage Rt. 9 & Anchor Ave. purchased.
1962 February New Parish Church/Hall (Rowoldt Hall) Dedicated.

Rev. R.G. Petersen 1964-1981

Associate Pastor Rev. A. B. Amme 1972-1975
Assistant Pastor Rev. C. A. Peters 1978-1981
1965 November Luther Cottage purchased. Building demolished 1970.
1969 April New Church plans approved.
1970 November New Church-Nave-Narthex-Office Dedicated.
1976 September Petersen Annex-two room addition to Rowoldt Hall dedicated.
1978 June Cable Ave. & Locker Street property purchased.
1980 February Ocean Ave. & Locker Street property purchased.

Rev. J.C. Pfisterer 1982-2003

Assitant Pastor Rev. G.A. Englehart III 1989-1993
Pastoral Assistant Rev. C.E. Ehrhart 1994-2001
1984 March Ship’s Galley served first free lunch to community.
1989 September Anchor Street property purchased (Now Anchor House)
1990 June Rowoldt Hall/Church Mortgage burned special service.
1994 January St. Paul becomes a founding member of Caregivers of Toms River.
1999 July St. Paul Church morgage burned at special service.

Interim Pastors

Rev. C. Paul Strockbine 2003-2004
Rev. S.F. Blank 2003-2004
Rev. J.C. Elstad 2004-2005

Rev. Peter M. Hartney 2006-Present

2006 July Construction and addition to Anchor House begins.
2006 August Ocean House is used by Beachwood Fire Dept. and First Aid Squad for training purposes.
2007 November Parsonage Rt. 9 & Anchor Ave. used by Beachwood Fire Dept. and First Aid Squad for training purposes.
2008 July Dedication of Anchor House – God’s work and Our hands. No mortgage funded by the families of St. Paul.
2011 May Dedication of Memorial Garden.
2011 October Major improvement at St. Paul after 41 years, new roof, windows and improvement to groundscompleted. Praise God for all dedicated memorials.

Vicars – Seminarian

C.A. Peters 1976-1977 P.Scheltlin 1977-1978
P. Hutchinson 1997-1998 J. Sweitzer 1998-2000
G. Schaefer 2000-2001 R. Hersch 2001-2002
Jocelyn Johnston 2008-2009

Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary
Bratislava, Slovakia

Janka Pabakova June-September 2007
Katarina Soltesjva June-September 2010
Jaroslav Cmelik June-September 2011

Oh God, you have promised through your son to be with your church forever, We give you thanks for those who founded this community of believers and for the signs of your presence in our congregation. Increase in us the spirit of faith and love, and make our fellowship an example to all believers and to all nations. We pray through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God, now and forever.