St. Paul’s English Evangelical Lutheran Church (1900-19 __) was located at Linden and 32nd Streets.

After moving to Oakland, Severin Anderson became a staunch supporter of Rev. I. L. P. Dietrichson in his efforts to establish a Scandinavian Lutheran congregation. Children had now been born to Mr. and Mrs. Anderson. Experience had taught how difficult it is to preserve the children’s interest in the church with a foreign language as the medium of speech. Therefore it became a vital purpose in Anderson’s life to establish an English Lutheran Church in Oakland. The realization of this purpose was made possible, when, in the summer of 1897, the Synod of the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Church of America decided to take up English Lutheran missionary work in Oakland. Rev. E. M. Stensrud, residing in San Francisco, was sent as missionary to the place. He started the work in July of the same year. A steady growth was experienced. The Lord blessed the untiring efforts of a few members who, together with the pastor, were determined to succeed. Among them Mr. Anderson was a leader. St. Paul’s English Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized November 3, 1897. St. Paul’s Church enjoyed the distinction of being the first distinctively English Lutheran Church of the Norwegian Synod.

The congregation moved into its new building in October 1900. 1

SF Call - March 12, 1900

The former site of this church at 1060 32nd Street is now the site of the North Oakland Missionary Baptist Church. It is not clear when St. Paul's closed or moved, but public records show that the North Oakland Baptist Church Corporation purchased the property on August 30, 1967. The church has been at that location since c.1921. In 1930 the building burned, but North Oakland Baptist soon rebuilt.

1930 Oakland Tribune

Links and References

  1. New Lutheran Church Building Is Paid For San Francisco Call October 12, 1900