St. Paul Lutheran Church ELCA
"God's mission for St. Paul Lutheran Church is to witness God's love and our faith in the Resurrected Christ."
Sunday worship services 11:00 a.m.
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If You Like...
If you like an 11:00am church service "that's when we start."
If you like a one-hour church service "we are usually close."
If you like friendly people "you are just like us."
If you like to sing "we need you."
If you like historic neighborhoods
"we are one," Seminole Heights.
If you like organ music "we have a new one."
If you like Starbucks & Krispy Kreme donuts "you will love after church socials."
If you look forward to coming back next week "you are one of us."
If you have considered a Memorial Garden "we have one."
If you want to get married "our church is very photogenic."
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5103 Central Ave.
Tampa, FL 33603
St. Paul is a congregation of the ELCA
If you are looking for a church home that you will love, St. Paul is it!
We are an Evangelical Lutheran church conveniently located in the heart of Tampa and are members of the Florida-Bahamas Synod in the E.L.C.A. We are a small, friendly, caring, family congregation welcoming to all.
Centrally located in Tampa in the historic Seminole Heights neighborhood, we are on Central Avenue, across the street from Hillsborough High School. From Interstate 275, exit at Hillsborough Avenue going west, turn south at Central Avenue. We are four blocks south on the left side of the street. Our beautiful sanctuary and steeple are visible from the interstate. Please click on the “Get a Map” button for easy driving directions.
Our traditional gothic-style sanctuary with antique stained-glass windows and oak pews is perfect for worship and weddings. A children’s sermon is included in each service and there’s a Cry Room, Nursery and children’s playground available. Sunday School is offered at 10:00 a.m. for all during the school year. We also offer women’s circles, choir, youth group, catechism, Bible study, prayer partners, Lunch Bunch and coffee fellowship after our 11:00 a.m. service.
Our Education Building is available for community meetings. Our congregation is active in neighborhood events and supports charities like Metropolitan Ministries. Our Sanctuary is perfect for weddings. See our WEDDING PAGE or contact us for other event planning.
Donate a “Tile” to
St. Paul's Roof Fund!
St. Paul Lutheran is undergoing a capital campaign to preserve our historic building, built in 1950 to mirror Hillsborough High School across the street. Our mission remains strong, but our original roof has seen better days.
We have received a Hillsborough County grant to help “seal the envelope”, but it’s a matching funds grant. Our plans are for a new roof, removal and replacement of the mortar between the bricks, and resealing the stained glass windows. For this reason, we are appealing to our neighbors and friends to help. Your generosity in this effort will help us meet and exceed our goal.
Would you help us by donating a $10 roof “tile” or two and help us reach our goal of 3,000 “tiles”? With every donation, you will help us keep our beautiful building open to be a valuable resource to our neighborhood and community. It takes just minutes, by just clicking on the PayPal link below.
Reasons Why You Will Love St. Paul Lutheran
"St. Paul must be one of the friendliest churches around. I see it every time I’m there – before church, after church (we have a WONDERFUL fellowship time), before, during and after choir rehearsals and meetings, and just about anytime there is more than just me there. It is amazing! I see so much good, and I see so many people making a difference, both in our church family, and out in the community. Sometimes, it’s very easy to see. But often, many of you are working “behind the scenes” without anyone noticing. The point is, St. Paul Lutheran Church is an amazing place, filled with hope and grace, with the Holy Spirit working through us."
- Dennis Douglas
"I had not been to church in a very long time so I decided to go on the anniversary of my best friend and husband's death. St. Paul reminded me of the church I was confirmed in. The service was beautiful and when I went to communion I started to cry. There was an angel kneeling next to me. She put her hand on mine and I felt her strength. After the service at the fellowship time, everyone was so friendly. I was asked to come to a women's group the next Thursday night. Needless to say I kept coming HOME to St. Paul every Sunday."
- Patricia Smith
“Many people will talk about unconditional love, but I see it manifest so often at our church services and events. I look forward to every Sunday because, for me, it truly feels like coming home. Our church is a place where you know you will always find acceptance and support. I am so grateful for the gift of your friendships and I look forward to more times for fellowship with all of you.”
- Jeanine Romano
Meet Our Pastor
Hello and greetings in the name of Jesus Christ. My name is Pastor Jeannine Sweet and I am serving St. Paul Lutheran church as their Interim Pastor. I invite you to come to worship with us on Sundays at 11AM. We are a church of The Evangelical Lutheran Church In America. We at St. Paul have a been a vital part of Seminole Heights for a very long time, our roots are deep and strong. We practice a welcoming traditional faith in a beautiful setting. We hope you will come by worship and stay for a cup of coffee. Please browse our web site for information about how we can help you in your faith journey. Don’t hesitate to contact us.