Mounds Park United Methodist Church, St. Paul, MN

History

Mounds Park United Methodist Church traces its beginning back to 1857 when Minnesota was still a territory. On March 2, 1857, Reverand Andrew Tarnutzer organized a class at what is now Old Salem Shrine in Inver Grove Heights, and on March 7th, he organized a class in St. Paul, which was later incorporated as Immanuel Church of the Evangelical Association of North America. Before the end of the year, a building was erected at Pine and Eleventh streets in downtown St. Paul, which served the Immanual Congregation for 29 years. Worship services were conducted in German until the time of World War I.


Industry was expanding in the downtown area, and, in 1917, the property was sold to the Great Northern Railway Company. A replacement site was secured at Earl and Euclid in the Dayton’s Bluff area of St. Paul. The new church was built at a cost of $53,000 and was dedicated on Easter Sunday, March 27, 1921. A new name was also chosen, which was First Evangelical Church. Another name change occurred in 1946 when the Evangelical denomination merged with the United Brethren in Christ, and our church became the First Evangelical United Brethren Church. In 1968, when the Evangelical United Brethren and Methodist denominations merged, the name finally became Mounds Park United Methodist Church.

A local church merger took place on June 25, 1978 when Mounds Park and Holman united. The Holman United Methodist Church was located at 243 Bates Avenue, just a few blocks away, and was founded on October 24, 1882. After the merger, the church building was converted into the Ecclesia Condominiums.

Multiple changes have occurred over the decades. In the 21st century, we endeavor to remain a beacon of hope in the community as we reach out through new ministries.