All People

We, the members of St. Paul's United Church of Christ,
reach out to accept, affirm, and nurture all people
in their ongoing spiritual journey,
in the name of Jesus Christ.

We encourage each other to bring questions, experience joy, feel included, and be part of something greater than ourselves. We put our effort into supporting programs and initiatives that feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, and provide resources with dignity to those in need. We support local programs as well as the Special Missions Offerings of the United Church of Christ which identify and support critical human need locally, nationally, and internationally. We believe our Christian faith calls us to contribute our time, talent, and treasure to making a collective positive impact on the quality of life and dignity of all people - near and far, known and unknown. In doing so, we believe we are sharing the love of Jesus Christ.

Our Story

In 2009 we found ourselves at a crossroads. Like many churches with old buildings, our maintenance costs became more than our budget for ministry and mission. We decided that the future quality of our community and ministry was more important than a structure or its nostalgia, and we sold our building in downtown Elgin - our church home for 130 years. We worked hard and prayed hard for the chance to continue our ministry in a new space and with a renewed vision to "be the church." Three years later, we completed construction of our new church on Plank Road - still serving Elgin but now also neighbors with Gilberts, Hampshire, Plato, and Campton Hills.