St. Paul Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ELCA has just over 4 million members nationwide and St. Paul participates and supports ELCA ministries that proclaim the Gospel locally, nationally, and internationally.
For nearly 160 years, St. Paul has been a presence in Minerva as a place where all people are welcome into the life and love of God. The focus of our life as a Christian community is to share the Good News and unconditional grace of Jesus Christ with those who are seeking God’s love. We invite all people to “come-as-you-are” to worship, learn, and serve.
Meet our Staff
Pastor Steven Woyen began his ministry at St. Paul in February 2011. He comes to St. Paul after serving area congregations in Tuscarawas County. Prior to entering ordained ministry, Pastor Steven served as a professional church musician for congregations in North Dakota, Minnesota, and Ohio. A North Dakota native, he’s a graduate of Concordia College (ELCA) and The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Pastor Steven lives just outside of Louisville with his wife Eileen (an ELCA pastor in Akron), their sons Jake and Martin, cat Thor, and dog Odie. Pastor Steven enjoys music, movies, and football (especially his Minnesota Vikings).
Becky Davis is that pleasant voice at the other end of the phone when you call the church. Married to Joe, she has 3 sons and one granddaughter. Becky enjoys photography, gardening, and reading.
Paula Patterson is our Director of Music who provides keyboard leadership as well as directing the vocal choirs and handbell choirs. A lifelong resident of Carroll County she lives outside of Carrollton with her husband and two children. Her previous music position was at St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Morges (Waynesburg). She served at St. Mary’s for the past 36 years since her high school days. Paula is a graduate of Malone University with a degree in K-12 Music with piano as her major instruments. She continues to provide keyboard leadership for Saturday masses at St. Francis Catholic Church in Malvern and St. Gabriel Catholic Church in Minerva.