ABOUT US

OUR VISION

The mission of St. Paul United Church of Christ is to prepare and equip the members of our church family and others for works of ministry and service, so that we may grow in unity of faith and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ, thereby becoming mature in the faith and received the blessings of be fully “in Christ.” (based upon Ephesians 4:12-13)

 

We are part of the United Church of Christ and share in the dedominational view of extravagant welcome and a still speaking God. 

OUR HISTORY

It all started...

 

St. Paul’s Evangelical Congregation of Oak Harbor, Ohio, was organized on August 24, 1879 with 27 charter members.  Rev. Jacob Linder, pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Church of Elmore, Ohio, was present that day when the newly drafted Constitution and by-laws were adopted and signed.

    The congregation purchased a small frame church on the corner of Ottawa and Toussaint  Streets.  A Ladies Aid Society was organized with 11 charter members.  The first resident pastor was Rev. August Langhorst, a former missionary in Africa.  He was called May 2, 1880 and served faithfully for five years.  Shortly after his arrival in June 1880, a Sunday School was organized.  In December 1881, action was taken to build the first parsonage, which was constructed at a cost of $1,143.00.

  • 1885: In March Rev. F. Franz was called to serve as pastor

  • 1887: In March, the cornerstone for the first brick building was laid and it was dedicated in 1888.

  • 1890: In January, Rev. Jacob Linder was called as St. Paul’s third pastor.

1900s

 

  • 1903: Rev. John H. Holdgraf began ministry

  • 1903: Began to teach Sunday School in English instead of German 

  • 1907: An English-speaking service began. 

  • 1913: Rev. Henry C. Klutey began ministry

  • 1915: The current parsonage was built. 

  • 1924: Rev. Armin Egli began service as minister. Following his unexpected death in1927, Rev. Armin Egli’s father supplied the pastorate until the spring of 1928. 

  • 1928: Rev. G.W. Krause began ministry

  • 1930: A new cornerstone was laid and our current stone building was dedicated for worship.

  • 1932: Rev. Otto Doenges began ministry

  • 1955: Rev. Carl Bormuth began ministry

  • 1958: Education building was built and dedicated. This building was also used for public kindergarten classes. 

2000s


  • 1973: Rev. Eugene Hegemeir began ministry
  • 1988: The congregation called an Associate pastor, Rev. Don Corbin.
  • 1994: The congregation was remodeled to be handicapped accessible.  
  • 1997: Rev. Roddy Dunkerson began ministry
  • 2006: The congregation called Rev. David Voll to be their twelfth pastor. 
  • 2008: Rev. Kyle Timmons was called as their first full time Associate pastor. 
  • 2016: Rev. Scott Cunningham was called to be the Associate pastor.

OUR MINISTERS

DAN SATHER 

Rev. Daniel Sather- Iterim Senior Minister 

Rev. Daniel Sather began his interim assignment on January 2, 2020 at St. Paul UCC in Oak Harbor OH.  He was born in St. Louis, Missouri and has lived in Wisconsin, Illinois, Maryland, Indiana and Ohio.  Pastor Dan graduated from Heidelberg College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Elementary Education.  He earned his Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary in St. Louis.

 

Pastor Dan is married to Rev. Carly Stucklen Sather, who is a pastor at First Congregational Church in LaGrange, Illinois.  They are the parents of two adult children, Andrew and Aaron.  Andrew is married to his wife Laurie and have a daughter, Zoe.  Andrew works as the Director of Information Technology for a non-profit agency that works with foster care, adoption and Opiate addictions.  Aaron works at the University of Southern Indianna in Evansville, IN., as an administrator for the school's newtwork.

 

Rev. Dan Sather has been ordained for thrity-two years and has served UCC congregations in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Indiana and Illinois.  He is trained as a transitional pastor for congregations in transition.  Pastor Dan is active in the Chicago Metropolitan Association and currently serving on the Church and Ministry Committee of the Association.  He enjoys cooking, baking, reading, theater, and gardening.  He is the happy owner of three cats, Nitro, Calypso and Pippin Jack.

DAN SATHER 

Rev. Scott Cunningham- Associate Pastor 

Rev. Scott Cunningham was born and raised in the UCC. Growing in faith from his former home church First Congregational Church-Crystal Lake, IL.  Scott has his Bachelor’s Degree in American History from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.  He then received his Master’s Degree in Divinity from Chicago Theological Seminary.

 

He is passionate about revitalization in churches and mission work.  Scott has participated in over twelve mission trips(domestic and abroad), which has contributed to his passion for local service and emphasis on social justice.  Scott is the director of the ecumenical BCS Food Pantry located at church, which strives to nourish the hunger and spiritual needs of its clients.

Scott believes the Holy Spirit calls us to better our neighbors by speaking truth to power, advocating for the poor and oppressed, and striving to find ways where Christ’s light may shine forth.  He believes the church is the people and not a building or place.

 

Scott is married to his wife, Kristen, who is active with Youth Fellowship and the church garden.  Together they enjoy hiking and exploring the outdoors, kayaking, and spending time with their four year old Golden-Doodle named Lily.

OUR STAFF

DAN SATHER 

Carol Pennington- Office Manager 

Carol Pennington has been our office manager since 2004. She is the mother of two adult children, Laura and Douglas. She enjoys running, sports, reading and politics. Carol enjoys going to the Toledo Mudhens and Walleye games, and Columbus Crew.