Our heritage runs deep, through two centuries in North America, and farther back to the German Reformation. We started out in America as a small German church, but we have expanded our walls and outreach over the years. The name of our congregation has changed several times in our history as well. Yet, through all the changes, we honor the heritage given us in the faith of the historic Church, expressed in the ancient creeds and reclaimed later in the basic insights of the Protestant Reformers. We seek to be faithful to God, our Father and Creator, to Jesus Christ, our Lord and only Savior, and to the Holy Spirit, and to the Bible as our ultimate authority for faith and practice. We are welcoming to new ideas of how our congregation may experience health and growth to transform our world through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Earl Crecelius, Pastor
Pastor Earl came to St. Paul’s in June 2002 after serving churches in New York and Ohio. A native of St. Louis, Earl has a special place in his heart for the Cardinals and Ted Drewes' frozen custard. He and his wife Johanna have two grown children: Sam and Melinda.
Mary Wandling, BSN, RN - Parish Nurse
My husband and I have lived in Freeburg for 22 years and I have been blessed to be part of St. Paul's for 21 years. We have 2 amazing daughters and 3 more amazing grandchildren. I have been an Oncology nurse for 22 years and retired from that to become St. Paul's nurse. I love to cook, do yoga, work outside and read. My heart belongs to our Lord and Savior.
Diane Warnecke, Office Manager
Diane lives in rural New Athens and has two daughters. Her oldest daughter, Mallory is a graduate of nursing. Her youngest daughter Nikki, attends SWIC and enjoys playing the banjo. Diane enjoys playing cards, fishing, camping, being outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
Marlene Frazer, Church Secretary
Marlene joined St. Paul's in November of 2014 as the church secretary. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
Virginia Lugge, Youth Minister
Organist and Choir Director
Andy works in St. Louis as a senior consultant with Nestle Purina PetCare Company. He has been involved in church music programs since age 6, and says he was singing before he could read! Andy sings tenor and accompanies St. Paul’s vocal choir, plays keyboard for St. Paul’s praise band (Faith Journey), and has played trumpet and flugelhorn on other occasions at St. Paul’s.
Ruth Vogel, Organist
Ruth teaches school in New Athens, and writes, “I am one of the organists here at St. Paul’s. I also sing in the choir (come join us!). I am married to Bryan Vogel and we have two children, Andrew and Catherine. I enjoy reading, music, crocheting and stamping.
Brittany Kaiser, Youth Minister
Mary Weber, Custodian
Mary began as our custodian at St. Paul's in June 2008. She moved to Freeburg in October 1999 and married Bruce Weber in January 2000. They have one son, Jeremy. Mary is a school bus driver for Freeburg and Smithton grade schools, and volunteers much of her time there because she enjoys working with children.