St. Paul has been at the same location in the Arts District of Downtown Dallas for 145 years for a distinct reason. We are called to be a spiritual destination for personal and community transformation. What you are in search of spiritually like purpose, hope, healing, love, salvation and peace, St. Paul is your destination. As we transform individuals that will translate into community transformation. The congregation that greets you today is the same community that has worshiped on this very site since its establishment by a visionary body of recently freed slaves in 1873. From its founding in a brush arbor to its current standing as the oldest community presence in what has become the Dallas Arts District, St. Paul has remained committed to the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting, tithing, and Bible study.

Historical Snapshot

    •  In 1865, St. Paul United Methodist Church began as a mission of the Wesley Church in New Orleans, Louisiana. Freed slaves from Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas were the first members of the mission church. In 1873, the Rev. H. Boliver, organized St. Paul Methodist Episcopal at the current location 1816 Routh Street.
    • From 1874-1875, the church also served as a school for African American children.
    • In addition, St. Paul Church was the site of the original school that eventually became Huston-Tillotson College in Austin, Texas.
    • Sidney Pitman, Dallas’ first African American architect, designed the present structure in 1912. Parishioners, who were of modest means, offered bricks as they could until it was completed in 1922.
    • The building’s patchwork of colored bricks is still visible, as are the original 35 magnificent stained glass windows, which were donated by some of Dallas’ first affluent African Americans.
    • The Paul was designated as an historic landmark by City of Dallas in 1982. In 2013, the church was approved as Texas Historical Landmark. In 2016, St Paul named to the national registry of historic sites.
    • Dallas Bethlehem Center was organized at St. Paul Church in 1946.
    • In 1988 the church voted to remain in downtown Dallas despite radical demographic and gentrification change to the area. St. Paul was no part of the future of planning for downtown Dallas and what would become the Arts District.
    • St Paul underwent a major multi-million renovation in 2009 because of the support of St Paul members and Highland Park UMC of Dallas. In 2010, the renovations were completed.
    • In 2014, the historical St Paul made history by merging with 12 year non-denominational congregation Union Cathedral founded by the Richie L. Butler. Under the leadership of Pastor Butler has forged a new era as a destination for personal and community transformation in its rich legacy and history.
    • Today, Pastor Butler and St Paul are building on that legacy where it is one of the leading voices local and national on issues of race, injustice and community building.
    •  St. Paul is in the Arts District of downtown Dallas, its location represent the glorious past of the area which the church helped to shape, but also serves a leader who is helping to shepherd the city.