Our Mission

"Meeting the people where they are, with the Gospel that changes lives."  This has been our motto for the last eleven years and it sums up how we feel about our community and how we present the Word.  Extending the love and care of the Crucified and Risen Savior, Jesus Christ to all people, while equipping and sending God's people to make a Christ-like difference in the community and the world.  

Core Values

We are a church that is biblically based and culturally relevant.

Our ministry is centered on grace and reliant on prayer.

We are a people called and gifted by God, living and strengthened in community.

Our faith is personally experienced and practically applied.

Our Core Desires:

Worship: Our desire is to honor and celebrate God's worth, through Prayer, Scripture and music, as we receive and respond to His grace together in Worship.

Discipleship:  Our desire is to deepen our personal relationship with God by engaging in spiritual growth opportunities.

Stewardship:  Our desire is to respond sacrificially to God through the use of our time, spiritual gifts, and finances in a manner to grow His church.

Community: Our desire is to connect people with people where they relate their life and faith in God.

Outreach:  Our desire is that God will bring the spiritually disconnected into a living relationship with Him by equipping and providing opportunities for people to naturally and effectively share their faith.

Serving:  Our desire is to provide those in need with food, clothing and spiritual growth support.

Children:  Our desire is to provide all children with a safe environment where that can grow in the Word of God.  We will plan to provide the children with knowledge of how to spiritually learn to help others in the community.

What we Believe

The Bible is in every part the inspired Word of God without error or contradiction, and that Scripture is God's authoritative Word for today.

God is one God, eternally existent in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.

Man was created by God a perfect human being with body, soul and spirit but fell into sin and separated himself from God.  As a result, all people need to be rescued from their sinful condition through the merits of the Cross.

Jesus Christ, God "in the flesh" (John 1:14), came to this earth, was born of a virgin, lived a perfect life for us, took the punishment for our sins upon Himself when He died on the cross, and rose again bodily.  Through this sacrificial gift of love, He guarantees salvation, peace with God, and eternal life to all people who receive Him as their personal Savior.

Salvation is a free "gift of God" (Romans 6:23) which cannot be earned by trusting in the good things we done, but rather by trusting only in what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.  The question, "What must I do to be saved?" is answered clearly: "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household" (Acts 16:31)

Saving Faith is created and sustained by the Holy Spirit, who lives in our hearts.  He works through the Means of Grace...the Word of God, Baptism and the Lord's Supper.

The Power of the Holy Spirit enables us to live victorious lives with His fruits (Galatians 5:22-23) and gifts for the glory of the Lord Jesus.

The Second Coming of Jesus, accompanied by the resurrection of the dead and final judgment, may be anticipated with joy and confidence by His forgiven people.


St. Paul's is a member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, Michigan District.  This is a mission church offering many free services to the community of northern Pontiac. There are also several ways to serve this community as a volunteer. 

our staff

iCAN Tutoring Program

Mrs. Sylvia Witt has joined our after school program. The iCAN program is FREE and offers help with school work for ALL children from First grade to High School. The program is offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 4 - 6pm. Mrs. Witt is a mother of three very energetic small children and is excited to help your children learn. Please contact the church office for more information OR just stop by and visit with Sylvia.

Music ministry

We are presently without a regular Music Worship leader.  We welcome any and all musicians, singers, praise leaders who want to share praise music during worship.  If you have a desire to share your talents, please contact the church office. 

Volunteers from local churches assist occasionally to enhance our worship services. 



Tuesday/Thursday: Food Pantry 1-2pm

Wednesday: Family Night Dinner & Bible Study - 6:30pm



Our Pastor

Jon Trinklein was installed as our Intentional Interim Pastor on January 7, 2018.  His life calling is to make as many disciple-making disciples possible through bringing people into a growing relationship with Jesus.  Pastor Jon serves half time at St. Paul where he preaches on first and third Sundays, teaches Bible Study on Wednesday nights at 7 pm.   Jon has served in churches from three to three thousand with a church plant in Arkansas, urban church in Los Angeles and a mega-church in Nebraska.  He and his wife Sue have led mission trips to Africa, China, Russia and Israel.  He and Sue have two grown children: Jordan, who with his wife, Melissa and their daughter, Dylan, and a baby on the way live in Nebraska; and Tessa, who with her husband, Leon, and daughters, Natalie and Jacqueline, live in Texas.



Joan Wagner has been our secretary/administrative assistant since 2017. She comes from St. Stephen Lutheran Church in Waterford and brings her love of the people at St. Paul’s. I retired from Chrysler in 2008 and have been a part of St. Paul since 2010.

former staff

Rev. Dietrick and Rebecca Gladden were the sole staff at St. Paul Community Lutheran Church, the last Lutheran church in Pontiac, for 11 years.  Their faithful labor brought the church new life, after nearly being closed, with the wonderful support of many sister churches.  He has recently taken a call out of state and we wish him God's blessings in his new position.

We thank God for the bright future for God’s work at St. Paul through our future Pastor.


Subscribe to our newsletter

The Text Blocks below are ideal for listing your accomplishments in a neat, elegant way.

Name *