• We Preach Christ Crucified - 1 Corinthians 1:23

    Saint Paul Lutheran Church and School

    Hamel, Illinois

  • Our Faith and Life

    Biblical - Confessional - Liturgical - Lutheran

    We are Biblical

    "These things are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.​" - St. John 20:19

    The Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the source of our faith and life. The Only True and Living God - Father, Son and Holy Spirit has given us His Word. The Bible is the pure, clear fountain of truth for our congregation and the whole world. God uses His Word to call us together and gives us new life to live in faith toward Him and fervent love toward one another. We are committed to receiving all that our Lord Jesus Christ has taught us in His Word and to living by faith alone in Him and His promises.

    We are Confessional

    "I will also speak of your testimonies before kings and shall not be put to shame​." - Psalm 119:46

    Having received the Word of God, we gladly confess it in our congregation and our community. We subscribe to the Book of Concord, the Confessions of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, teaching the same doctrine God has given to us in His Word. We are dedicated to the task of making new disciples through teaching and Holy Baptism both in our community and around the world so that all might confess that Jesus is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

    We are Liturgical

    "Do this as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me" - 1 Corinthians 11:25​

    Saint Paul is a congregation formed by the Triune God in Baptism and the preaching of the Word. We gather around Scripture and the Body and Blood of Christ, singing and praying the sure Words given to us by God. Through the Church, Jesus Christ seeks to draw all people to Himself, forgiving their sins by his death on the cross and sanctifying them for a life of love for God and service to their neighbors. The way we pray and what we pray in the Services of God's House are drawn from the Word of God and centered in the forgiveness of sins through Jesus Christ. We use the finest music the Church has given to us in both liturgy and hymns.

    We are Lutheran

    "Remember your congregation, which you have purchased of old, which you have redeemed to be the tribe of your heritage!​" - Psalm 74:2

    Our congregation was founded in 1856 by Lutherans in what was known then as New Gehlenbeck. We give thanks to God for His faithfulness to the generations who have received His Word and Sacraments here. Today we are dedicated to Lutheran doctrine drawn from the Scriptures and to teaching and confessing it in our life together as God's people.

    We are also the Church of the Neon Cross

    "For the word of the cross is folly to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God." - 1 Corinthians 1:18

    Our Church is located on Old Route 66 - the "Mother Road". The current building was dedicated in 1931 and rededicated in 2014. A well known feature of our building is the neon cross given in memory of a son of our congregation who died in World War II. This cross has been shining on Route 66 and now Interstate 55 for 70 years and is featured in various Route 66 guidebooks and websites drawing Route 66 travelers from all around the world to stop and take a photograph or two.

  • The Means of Grace Schedule

    When the Word of God is preached and the Sacraments are administered

    The Divine Service

    Saturday at 6:00pm and Sunday 7:45am and 10:00am

    "And they devoted themselves to the Apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the Breaking of Bread and the prayers." - Acts 2:42

    Our life is centered on the Gospel of Jesus Christ preached to us and the reception of His very Body and Blood for the forgiveness of our sins.

    Lent, Holy Week and Easter - 2018

    Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. - Hebrews 12:1-2

    The Holy Season of Lent

    Wednesdays During Lent - February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21

    Divine Service - 8:20am

    Lenten Hymn Sing 7:00pm

    Lenten Evening Prayer 7:15


    Holy Week - 2018

    Palmarum - Palm Sunday - March 25

    Divine Services 7:45 and 10:00am

    Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday - March 26,27,28

    Divine Service 8:20am

    Maundy Thursday - March 29

    Divine Service 8:20am and 7:00pm

    Good Friday - March 30

    The Chief Service - Noon

    Tenebrae Vespers - 7:00pm


    The Feast of the Resurrection of Our Lord

    The Great Vigil of Easter - Saturday, March 31 - 8:00pm

    Easter Sunrise Matins - Sunday, April 1 - 6:30am

    Annual Church Easter Breakfast - 7:30am

    The Festival Divine Service - Sunday, April 1 - 9:00am

    Daily Services - 8:20am

    "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you."- 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    Throughout the school year services are held daily in the Church. The Divine Service is offered on Wednesday. Monday and Friday Responsive Prayer 2 is prayed. Tuesdays and Thursdays Matins is prayed. The Divine Service is held on all Festival Days of the Church Year.

    Holy Absolution

    "If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them." - St. John 20:23

    Private Confession and Holy Absolution is offered every Saturday night at 5:00pm or by appointment with either of the pastors.

    Sunday Morning Bible Class and Sunday School at 9:00am

    "Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." - Psalm 119:105

    Bible Class for High Schoolers and Adults meets every Sunday in the Church Basement. Currently we are studying the Gospel according to St. Matthew.


    Sunday School for 3 year old children through Junior High meets in the School building.

    Wednesday Evening Bible Class

    "Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in Your truth; unite my heart to fear Your Name." - Psalm 86:11

    A weekday Bible Class is offered at 7:00pm. We are currently studying the Revelation to St. John. This class is in recess during the season of Lent and will resume on April 11th.

  • The Servants of Saint Paul

    "For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake." - 2 Corinthians 4:5

    The Rev. Benjamin Ball

    Senior Pastor

    Pastor Ball has served at St. Paul's since 2012. He previously served at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Dedham, Massachusetts and St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Brookfield, Illinois. He is a graduate of Concordia University, River Forest, Illinois and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri and lives in the church parsonage with his wife, Serena, and their four children.

    The Rev. William Gleason

    Associate Pastor

    Pastor Gleason has been the Associate Pastor of St. Paul's since 2009. He has served parishes in Texas, Missouri and Illinois. He is a graduate of Concordia College, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri. He and his wife Cindy are parents to four adult children and have been blessed with five grandchildren.

    Janet Muth


    Janet began her service as our Kantor in the Summer of 2017. She has previously served Memorial Lutheran Church, Houston, Texas, St. Paul Lutheran Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan and Concordia Lutheran Church, Ft. Wayne, Indiana. She holds a BS from Concordia University, Portland, Oregon and the MA in Organ Performance and Church Music from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. She has served on the Synod's Commission on Worship as well as a sub-committee for the Lutheran Service Book.

    Lynnette Fredericksen


    Deaconess Fredericksen served as principal of our school since 2014 and is now our parish deaconess. She received her Master of Arts degree from Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne, Indiana. She has her teaching certificate from Concordia University Wisconsin; a diploma from Madison General Hospital School of Nursing; and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Alverno College, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She also serves on the Board of Regents of Concordia University, Wisconsin.

    Kate Thoelke


    Mrs. Kate Thoelke is principal and teaches Kindergarten and our upper grade literature classes this year. She graduated from Concordia University in River Forest with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and a Director of Parish Music certification. In addition to teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades and all levels of music in the past, she has previously been a full-time music director and organist. She and her husband, John, have three daughters. She homeschooled their daughters in Classical Conversations, serving as a Foundations and Essentials tutor and tutor trainer and has served as the 2015 speaker for St. Louis Parent Practicums.

    Joanie Mertz

    Church and School Secretary

    Joanie is a life long member of our congregation and has served as our school secretary since 1993. She added the responsibilites of church secretary in 2006. Joanie and her husband, Tom, are the parents of two and grandparents of four.

  • Missions and More

    Preaching Christ Crucified - Teaching the Faith - Serving our Neighbor

    Saint Paul Lutheran School

    St. Paul Lutheran Church has established her school to proclaim the Gospel, teach the Holy Scriptures, and provide excellence in Lutheran and Classical education, developing faith, wisdom, eloquence, and virtue for all generations.

    Our School's Values are to

    Teach her students the Word of God and Luther’s Small Catechism.
    Build up the homes and families of students and members of the congregation to serve God and His church.
    Provide a mathematics and science curriculum that teaches the order and design of God’s creation.
    Provide a language curriculum that prepares students to be master communicators and clear thinkers.
    Provide a fine arts and music curriculum that instills the ability to discern beauty and virtue and nurtures God-given talents.
    Provide daily and purposeful physical activity to discipline the body and mind.


    Visit the School website here.

    The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

    We are a member congregation of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and its Southern Illinois District. Through our membership in the Synod we promote the spreading of the Kingdom of God in our state, nation and around the world and are united in a common confession of faith and life.

    Metro East Lutheran High School

    We are members of the Metro East Lutheran High School Association providing Lutheran Secondary Education to our High School youth.

    Bread of Life Food Pantry

    One way we serve those in need is through the Bread of Life Food Pantry.

    Issues Etc.

    We are one of the Issues Etc 300 congregations. Listen to Christ-Centered Cross-focused talk radio here.

    Missionaries We Support

    Our congregation supports two LCMS missionaries, the Rev. Joel Fritsche in the Domincan Republic and the Rev. James Sharp in Uruguay.

    We Care for All Life

    We support children and their mothers before and after birth through Mosaic.

  • Saint Paul Early Childhood Learning Center

    "Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven." - St. Matthew 19:14

    We have operated Saint Paul Early Childhood Learning Center (SPECLC) since 2006. Our state licensed center provides Christ centered daycare, before and after school care and preschool for 3 year olds. It is located in the village of Hamel at 125 Wolf Avenue. For more information on the services we provide, contact the center's director, Ronda Johnson, at 618-633-3252.

  • Saint Paul Church Calendar

    "Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all." - 2 Thessalonians 3:16

  • Contact Us

    Our mailing address is - Saint Paul Lutheran Church PO Box 247 Hamel, Illinois 62046

    6969 W. Frontage Rd. Worden, IL 62097