About Us

Our Vision

We are followers of Christ and partners in God's work

Our Mission

Our mission as a community of faith is to spread the love of God to our neighbors, and to the lost, the lonely, and the least of these, in our community and in the world. We are followers of Jesus Christ and strive to live by his commands:  "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you."  

(John 15:12 & 14)

 

We are challenged, blessed, and empowered to love one another by God the Holy Spirit.  We can answer God's call and engage in this mission only because of God's generous love, grace, and the gift of faith that has been given us.  Our faith is grounded in Holy Scripture, shaped by the working of the Holy Spirit through the creeds of the universal Church and the Lutheran Confessions and nourished by God's grace shared with us in the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and Holy Communion. Our faith is lived out in a community of prayer, Christian friendship, and compassionate service to those in need. 

The congregation of St. Paul's Lutheran Broadway provides opportunity for all people to respond to God's love and grace.  We gather, worship, pray, learn, and serve in Jesus' name, who nourishes and cares for us, and sends us out to live in the world as witnesses to the gospel.  "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but ino order that world might be saved through him."

(John 3:16-17)

Our History

Founded in 1898, the congregation of St. Paul's Broadway has a long history of serving God through serving neighbor in the community and in the world. About two miles from the city center, St. Paul's Broadway is located in an outerlying region of Hanover then known as "New Baltimore." 

The founding officers of the new St. Paul's church in New Baltimore were: Andrew Rudisill, Charles Eichelberger, Joseph Myers, Henry Becker, and Elias Becker.

  • The cornerstone of the church was laid on June 7, 1897

  • Rev. Ferdinand Hesse was the first pastor to serve the new congregation in 1898

 

In 1908,  St. Paul's Broadway and Mt. Carmel Lutheran on Moulstown Road agreed to form a two-point parish under the leadership of Pastor Larry Neff. It lasted until 1986, at which time both congregations voted to separate and become individual churches once more.  

 

In 1914, extensive interior and exterior repairs and renovations were made to the church building, and in 1940, eight stained glass windows were ordered from and installed by the Ruby Glass Co. Shortly thereafter, a new steeple was built by George Braun & Company.  By the early 1950s, the congregation had voted on and was moving forward with plans for a building addition and major renovations to the existing church structure. It was the Ladies Aid Society who realized and expressed the need for more space to hold suppers, fellowship events, meetings, and Christian education.  The church addition and renovations were completed in 1957, and included an extension and reorientation of the sanctuary space, addition of a kitchen and social hall, restroom facilities, and a two-manual Wicks Pipe Organ.

On November 3, 1957, the newly renovated and expanded church was re-dedicated by the Rev. Dr. Dwight F. Putnam, president of the Central Pennsylvania Synod. By the time the building loan was paid off in 1975, the total cost of the church's extensive project amounted to $104,059. A concrete patio and parking lot were added in 1971 at the new front entrance.

​The following clergy have served the congregation of St. Paul's Broadway:

  • Deacon Jan Davis ~ August 2021 to present

  • Vicar Ellen Lichtfuss - August 2020 to July 2021

  • Vicar Ginger Bennett ~ July 2019 to July 2020

  • Rev. Larry McConnell, Interim Pastor ~ October 2016 to June 2019

  • Rev. Terry McCarthy ~ February 2011 to July 2016 

  • Rev. Craig Lantz, Interim Pastor ~ July 2010 to 2011

  • Rev. Eloise Shanley, Interim Pastor ~ November 2008 to 2010

  • Rev. David DeLong ~ December 1988 to October 2008 

  • Rev. Douglas McCauley ~ 1986 to 1988

  • Rev. Stephen Fermier ~ 1980 to 1985

  • Rev. Gary W. Ownes 

  • Rev. Larry M. Neff

  • Rev. David A. Menges ~ September 1950 to August 1969

  • Rev. Robert C. Schiebel ~ July 1937 to April 1950

  • Rev. Benjamin K. Mowrer ~ January 1921 to July 1937

  • Rev. Samuel A. Diehl ~ October 1909 to June 1920

  • Rev. John A. Metzger ~ June 1908 to April 1909

  • Rev. Richard H. Clare ~ October 1902 to February 1908

  • v. Ferdinand Hesse ~ October 1989 to October 1902