• 1962

    Frederick Trost becomes an assistant pastor.

  • 1964

    Frederick Trost

    Pastor Grauer retires and becomes pastor emeritus.

    The congregation calls Frederick Trost as Senior Pastor.

  • 1968

    Congregation votes unanimously to give women the right to serve on the Session and on the Council.

  • 1968

    DNC Protests 1968

    St. Pauls gives refuge to young people protesting in Lincoln Park during the Democratic National Convention.

    Photo of demonstrators marching during the 1968 Democratic National Convention, Chicago. Aug., 1968. Courtesy Minnesota Historical Society. Photo by Earl Seubert.

  • 1968

    The church school begins using United Church of Christ curriculum; many church school teachers resign in protest.

  • 1969

    With a Project Head Start program and the Lincoln Park Cooperative Nursery School already on the church site, St. Pauls School for the Retarded is founded to provide a nursery school experience for special needs children; the school becomes Park West Cooperative Nursery School in 1971.

  • 1970

    Throughout the 70's St. Pauls experiences decreased attendance and increased financial deficits, but it does not make reductions in worship, education, benevolences, or other programs and even expands some programs.

  • 1974

    The congregation calls Thomas Henry as Associate Pastor.

  • 1975

    Virgina Traut

    Virginia Traut becomes the first woman president of the congregation.

  • 1975

    Colleen Henry, wife of Associate Pastor Henry, works with others to develop gender neutral prayers, responses, and lyrics to hymns.

  • 1975

    First Edition of Now You Know

    A new church newsletter is introduced called "Now You Know."

  • 1975

    Gordon Smith joins Tom Henry as Associate Pastor.

  • 1975


    St. Pauls holds its first Oktoberfest celebration; by vote of the congregation, Council is overruled and beer is served in the church building for the first time.

  • 1976

    James Gorman replaces Associate Pastor Smith.

  • 1976

    1976 Folk Group

    Bible Story Theatre begins in cooperation with the Body Politic Theatre.

    Church School hour is moved from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.; "Ten O'clock Celebrations" are held monthly at first, then quarterly, in the Social Hall.

    St. Pauls Folk Group begins and the St. Pauls Intergenerational Orchestra is revived.

  • 1977

    Rose Window

    Gospel Music Program is held to raise funds to repair the stained glass windows in the sanctuary.

  • 1979

    Bible Story Theatre moves to St. Pauls and becomes annual church production, led by Sharon Phillips.