Creating and Cultivating an atmosphere where people become believers and are inspired to be Disciples of Jesus Christ who transform the world one person at a time.
Building Strong Individuals and Families in Christ, Changing Lives and Transforming Communities for the Glory of God through Prayer, Worship, Servanthood, the Word and Love of God!
Dr. Jack C. Gause, D.MIN
Minister Ramona Wright
Minister Rita Collier
Rev. Bernice Wells. M.DIV
A Little About St. Peter's
We are alive because of the faith in God of our ancestors and the journey they began in 1863. Several citizens with an abiding faith in God gathered in the home of Sister Ellen Harrison, grandmother of Sister Ellen Alexander Benson, and organized and established a place of worship, the Methodist Protestant Church, Colored, and the Reverend T. J. Jackson served as the first pastor.
Over the years the name of the church changed from Methodist Protestant Church, Colored to St. Peter’s Church; St. Peter’s Methodist Church, and today as St. Peter’s United Methodist Church. But not only did the name change, in 1908, and walking in the favor of God, the church purchased a small white frame building at Catalpa and Curve streets from a local Baptist Church and this building became St. Peter’s house of worship until the church relocated to Harvey and 16th Streets. The church was elevated to another level in November of 1978 when the church once again moved to this location, 4509 Springdale Road where services were held in the Fellowship Hall until March of 1992 when we broke ground for the new sanctuary and soon afterward in August of 1994 began worshiping in this beautiful sanctuary.
As seasons change and years pass, St. Peter’s has experienced growth and progress and today the church continues to grow in unity, with a heart of love for all God’s people and works tirelessly to lay a foundation for service within our community.
When we look at church history we often focus on the disciples, the famous apostles and the church leaders and reformers down through the ages. When we look at the history of this church we should not forget the ministers and elders who have followed God's call to discipleship but we should also not forget the women who nurtured faith in the home.
We should not forget the women who had no income to call their own but who would work and study and give to support the mission of the church. Women and men who put on suppers and bake sales to buy carpet and Sunday School Supplies and pay the minister's salary in the days when cash was as scarce and even now when it's not always easy to come by either.
Since its early beginnings, groups, organizations, and auxiliaries have been the backbone of the church and have played important roles in St. Peter’s history. All of our ministries and committees have played a vital role and made important contributions to the church. To name a few: Communion Stewards, Ushers and Greeters, Christian Education, Finance, Trustees, Evangelism, our St. Peter’s Adult Ministry Seniors, United Methodist Men, United Methodist Women, Children, Youth, and Young Adult Ministries, Praise Dance Teams, and lets not forget our dynamic Music Ministry.
In June of 2006, the St. Peter’s family welcomed our current shepherd, Rev. Jack C. Gause, and his wife Mrs. Tammie Gause and their family. Rev. Gause embraced the church’s Ten Year Vision Plan and committees and processes were established, essential for expansion, growth, and outreach in a time when God is calling us to do a New Thing! To Rethink Church!
Through the effective and innovative leadership and ministry of Pastor Jack C. Gause, St. Peter’s has experienced a season of revitalization as we stepped out on faith and with God’s help we have truly experienced a fresh anointing:
Outreach to our Neighbors
New Ministries: Endless Love Couples Ministry, RAW, Added Sunday School classes. Addition of noon bible study.
Purchase of a church bus
Presence in the community: Juneteenth Parade, Back To School Drive, Adopt a School Program,
As well as a presence on the Access Channel.
New ideas, new ways to do ministry. Going beyond the walls of the church and embracing outreach opportunities in our community, in our neighborhoods, in our homes. Oh yes we celebrate the new thing that God is doing in our midst
As we reminisce and as we celebrate we will never forget some of the footprints left that time cannot erase and the loving memories of the souls that passed our way and made our church a better place to worship. Today, as we celebrate 147 years we gather to not only remember from where we’ve come, but to celebrate where we’re going, we celebrate NOW as we carry the torch of faith, for we walk by faith and not by sight, strengthened to go forward into the future being committed servants of God, offering Christ to All.
We, the St. Peter’s church family, give all honor and glory to God for what has been done in the life of our congregation and for the heights that he still has for us to reach, winning souls for Christ! Making disciples! Spreading the Word and the Love of God!
We love our church. We love the members, friends, and family who make it special. As God continues to speak life into this congregation and as we continue to walk together in faith and unity toward the vision that God has for St. Peter’s let us never forget why we’re here for the building of God’s Kingdom. Glory to God for what He has done! What a Mighty God we serve!