Who We Are

All are welcome, no exceptions!

St. Paul’s Mission Statement

We are called to gather around the sacred story and table of Christ where all are invited to be fed and everyone’s story matters.

St. Paul’s Vision Statement

We pray that our hearts may be opened to seek the inspiration of the Holy Spirit to be the church and the Christians that God is calling us to be.
The History of St. Paul's

The history of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in DeKalb goes back to the 1850s. The first church building was constructed in 1881 and the current church is the third in the history of the parish.

The current facility was built in 1967 on six acres of land purchased by the diocese of Chicago so that the church could be closer to the campus of Northern Illinois University. Cornerstones from the first two churches were incorporated into the new building, maintaining a symbolic tie to the previous churches and parishioners.

The church has been described as unique. Some have described it as a “stylized barn silo, appropriate to the agricultural history of the area.” Others see it as an upside down ship or ark. Still others view it as a covered bridge, with the portals leading to the altar of God. According to parish history, the third image is the one intended by the architects. 

Prior to 2000, the undercroft served as the meeting and social area of the church. In 2000, a fellowship hall was built on the south east side of the church. The new hall has a full kitchen, large gathering room, a nursery, and a meeting room as well as parish offices. There is also an outdoor patio, which is often used for after service functions and cookouts. 

At the suggestion of our Sunday School staff and with the approval of the Vestry we have named the newly renovated lower level (undercroft) the Saint Timothy Center for Spiritual Formation. Saint Timothy was the spiritual son of Saint Paul who continued on after Paul's death in the work of building up the church. This name is fitting for a place where adults are passing knowledge on to our children who will continue in the work of the church for years to come. We looked at St. Paul's second letter to Timothy for inspiration: "You then, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus; and what you have heard from me through many witnesses entrust to faithful people who will be able to teach others as well" (2 Tim. 2:1-2)