St. Paul Lutheran
Church & School
At St. Paul, we worship Jesus Christ.
Celebrate • Share • Care
I'm New Here
"Be in encouraging love, keep on worshiping together."
We're excited to meet you!
We thank you for taking the time to check out St. Paul Lutheran Church and School. We have been a ministry in the heart of Boca Raton since 1957. We have 3 pillars to our identity:
We put our worship of Jesus Christ of first importance. We have 3 different services on the weekends that are geared towards our congregation as a whole -
6:00 pm Saturdays are traditional services for those who work on Sunday,
9:00 am Sundays are contemporary services that are geared towards families with children.
10:45 am Sundays are traditional services for those who love arts which include hand bells, choirs, special music.
We celebrate the Sacrament of Communion weekly at each service because there is nothing better than the true body and blood of Jesus present in our lives!
We love to share our lives together. Fellowship is our next pillar of gathering together and this not being only for worship, but every Sunday we gather around coffee and refreshments between the Sunday services. We also gather together as the church has events (see upcoming events on the website).
Sharing life together leads us to sharing God's Word with one another and our neighbors: We share the Word of God in these ways - Bible Studies on Tuesdays (Men and Women), Wednesdays (everyone welcome), Thursdays (Moms), Middle School Ministry (Fridays), High School (Sundays) Home bible studies, Faith Training (Sunday School on Sundays) and our biggest ministry that goes on daily - St. Paul Lutheran School.
We care for one another and our Boca Raton Community. We serve in our community in various ways: Family Promise (Housing of homeless families), Boca Helping Hands volunteering, Special Needs ministry, Belle Glade Snack bags...
While this can get wordy on what God is accomplishing at St. Paul, we look forward to connecting with you.
Any further questions or to meet Pastor Steve - call - 561-395-0433 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org.
You're invited to Worship
Saturday 6:00 pm Evening Worship
Sunday 9:00 am Contemporary Worship
Sunday 10:45 am Traditional Worship
Christmas Eve Services
Monday 3:00 pm Contemporary in FLC (Gym)
Monday 5:00 pm Classic in Sanctuary
Monday 8:00 pm Traditional in Sanctuary
Monday 10:00 pm Traditional in Sanctuary w/
Christmas Day Service
Tuesday 10:00 am in Sanctuary w/ Communion
What We Believe
God loves the people of the world, even though they are sinful, rebel against Him and do not deserve His love. He sent Jesus, His Son, to love the unlovable and save the ungodly. (John 3:16-17)
By His suffering and death as the substitute for all people of all time, Jesus purchased and won forgiveness and eternal life for them. Those who hear this Good News (Romans 10:17) and believe it have the eternal life that it offers. God creates faith in Christ and gives people forgiveness through Him. (Romans 6)
The Bible is God's inerrant and infallible Word, in which He reveals His Law and His Gospel of salvation in Jesus Christ. It is the sole rule and norm for a Christian Life. (2 Timothy 3:16-17)
What We're About
God’s Grace is present in His Word and in His sacraments (baptism and communion). Each week we gather around the Word of God (in worship, bible studies, and small groups) and hear about his grace and mercy in Jesus. We also celebrate the sacraments every week in all of our worship services. We celebrate all of life from conception to natural death.
We testify by faith the Lord’s work in and through us through testimonies and faith statements. We proclaim our faith as we disciple families in our Christian day school. We look to share our time, talents, and treasures with one another to the Glory of God.
“We love because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19). We want to show the genuine love of Jesus to people in our church community, neighborhood, and Boca Raton community. We do this by showing our care for all people and all of God’s beautiful creation.
Meet Our Staff
Rev. Stephen Carretto
Steve was born in Beatrice, NE in 1983. His father is a pastor so they moved 3 times when Steve was a child, however, it was never out of the wonderful state of Nebraska. Therefore, just like everyone in Nebraska, he bleeds RED! GO HUSKERS!
Steve attended Concordia University in Seward, NE from 2001-2005 where he earned a bachelors degree in Geography and played both basketball and tennis. Sports is a part of Steve's lifestyle. Soon after college he married Jessica.
Jessica and Steve then moved to St. Louis where he attended Concordia Seminary from 2006-2010. Steve served his vicarage year (Aug.2008-Aug. 2009) here at St. Paul and was called back as Associate Pastor in July 2010. in 2015 Steve received and accepted the call to be the Senior Pastor at St. Paul.
They are the proud parents of three beautiful boys.
Steve's passion is to proclaim the exciting and salvific message of Jesus Christ's life, death, and resurrection in every aspect of his life. He would love to explore with you the simple message of "Jesus Loves You" because He does and always will!
Please feel free to contact Pastor Steve at the church office either by phone, 561-395-0433 ext.101 or by email, email@example.com.
Rev. Dennis Glick
Pastor Glick served as Senior Pastor at St. Paul Lutheran from 1988 until retirement in January 2008.
His Pastor Emeritus Roles consist of: Visiting homebound members, preaching and teaching occasionally, and being on call on Fridays for hospital or pastoral care.
Minister of Music
Mark was born and raised in Louisville, KY. At age 4 his parents noticed he had an interest in music so they started him with private piano lessons. Twelve years later he started private organ lessons. He then attended the University of Louisville School of Music studying organ. During this time he was the Director of Music at his home congregation, Concordia Lutheran Church. In 1985 he left for Concordia University, Seward, Nebraska graduating in 1987. He also attended Concordia University, Chicago, Illinois to work on his Master of Church Music Degree. He received and accepted his first Call to Our Savior Lutheran Church in Lake Worth, Florida in 1987 where he served for 11 years. Since then Mark has served congregations in Indiana, Michigan and now here at St. Paul where he has been since 2008. Mark is an active member in the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) and also in the American Guild of Organists (AGO) where he is in demand as a recitalist, worship leader and lecturer in worship and church music throughout the country. Mark is well known throughout the LCMS for his hymn improvisations and hymn festivals. In his “spare” time Mark loves to listen to jazz and his favorite hobby is bowling. He also loves to cook where he specializes in BBQ!
Worship Arts Leader
Keith LeCompte was born in Neptune, NJ. As a child, the LeCompte family moved to Port St. Lucie, FL, where he lived through his college years. Keith was educated at the University of Florida, where he graduated with a B.A. in Music Education. Keith is married to Angela, and has four children: Luc (15), Renee (12), Sophia (10), and Christian (9). Keith’s life scripture is Matthew 12:34b: “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. Keith’s purpose in life is twofold: to encourage others to express their love and adoration for Jesus Christ and to train others to exercise their God-given gifts in worship.
Keith can be reached at the Church office at (561) 395-0433, ext. 114, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Student Ministry
Jeremiah was born in Chipita Park, Colorado and lived there until he went to college at Concordia University Nebraska in 2005. Jeremiah studied in the Director of Christian Education program, majoring in Education and Theology, with a concentration in youth ministry. Growing up in Colorado, Jeremiah loves the outdoors!
Jeremiah was placed on his DCE internship at Zion Lutheran Church & School in New Palestine, Indiana in 2009. During his internship, he soon met Kaitlin - also serving on her DCE internship from Concordia University River Forest at Carmel Lutheran Church in Carmel, Indiana. After internship, both Jeremiah and Kaitlin were Called into full time ministry at their congregations in Indy. Jeremiah and Kaitlin were married at Carmel Lutheran in 2011, all the while both serving at two separate congregations as Directors of Christian Education.
Jeremiah is passionate about leading others towards Christ, through presenting God's word, the outdoors, media, music and relationships. The Bauer's are blessed to serve together in one congregation at St. Paul have two wonderful sons named Caleb and Levi!
Jeremiah can be reached Tuesday through Friday 8am to 4pm at (561) 395-0433 x102 or at JBauer@stpaulboca.com
Director of Children's Ministry
Kaitlin was born in Elgin, IL and lived there until he went to college at Concordia University Chicago in 2005. Kaitlin studied in the Director of Christian Education program, majoring in Education and Theology, with a concentration in youth ministry.
Kaitlin was placed on his DCE internship at Carmel Lutheran Church in Carmel, Indiana in 2009. During his internship, she soon met Jeremiah - also serving on his DCE internship. After internship, both Jeremiah and Kaitlin were Called into full time ministry at their congregations in Indy. Jeremiah and Kaitlin were married at Carmel Lutheran in 2011, all the while both serving at two separate congregations as Directors of Christian Education.
Kaitlin is passionate about leading others towards Christ, through presenting God's word, music and relationships. The Bauer's are blessed to serve together in one congregation at St. Paul and have two wonderful sons named Caleb and Levi!
Vicar John Karolus
Vicar (Pastoral Intern)
Vicar John Karolus
Director of Administration
Marybeth is a native New Yorker, who relocated with her husband, Ray from Connecticut to Boca Raton in January 1995. She has three children, Ryan, Sean and Shannon, who are all graduates of St. Paul Lutheran School and now have either graduated or are currently in college.
Marybeth volunteered at the church and school for many years until she was offered a position in the church office. When her husband passed away in 2008, she had been working for the church and school for eight years and in November 2008, she transitioned from the Financial Manager to Business Administrator and recently in August 2016, Marybeth accepted the position as Director of Administration
for the church and school.
In her free time, MB volunteers for community organizations, read and spend time with her family.
Marybeth is in the office 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. She can be reached at email@example.com
Laura is a native Floridian and has been a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church since 1992. After 20 years in the insurance industry, Laura joined the St. Paul Staff in September 2009 as the Church Office Manager. Her son, Alex, attended St. Paul School from Pre-Kindergarten - 8th grade and graduated from high school in 2014. He is currently attending college in North Carolina. Laura enjoys spending time with family and friends, reading, and traveling.
Laura is in the Church Office from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday - Friday. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 561-395-0433 ext 100.
Christie grew up in Boca Raton and was a member at St. Paul in the early 70's with her family. In 2000 she married her husband Ron and they have three children - Sophia, Rocco and Benno. In 2006 the Secretos joined St. Paul as church members and their children began attending school here in 2008. In August of 2012, after 10 years of being a stay at home mom, Christie began working at St. Paul as the Financial Manager.
In her free time Christie enjoys spending time with family, reading, bike riding and going to the beach.
Christie is in the office 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. She can be reached at email@example.com
After a diverse career spanning over 40 years in both the military and the telecommunications industry, Richard and his wife, Loretta moved from Valley Stream, Long Island to Boca Raton to begin a new chapter in their lives. They joined St. Paul Lutheran where Richard quickly became involved serving at St. Paul on mission trips and as an usher.
After moving to Boca, Richard decided to continue with his passion for building and repairing, so he started a handyman service business until God decided that his talents would be better served in a position with more direction. So, He provided Richard with an opportunity to be the Facilities Manager at St. Paul Lutheran Church and School.
In their free time, Richard and Loretta still return to New York frequently to spend time with their daughter, Grace and beautiful granddaughter, Delilah.
Richard is in the office 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Development Officer (Legacy Fund)
Phil is the Development Officer of our church and school. He has served in Lutheran congregations in Florida for 43 years as a teacher, coach, youth minister, minister to school families, and elementary/middle school principal. He earned an A.A. from Concordia College, Austin, Texas, a B.A. from Concordia Teacher’s College, River Forest, Illinois, and a M.A. from Nova University, Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Currently, Phil is serving St. Paul Lutheran Church and School as a Christian Gift Planner. He continues to work with the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod Foundation where he successfully completed course work and was awarded the professional designation of Christian Development Executive.
Phil is married to Sharlene, a teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School, and they have two sons, Aaron and Brian. He takes great pleasure in spending time with his family and friends. He also enjoys fishing, golfing, traveling, and gardening.
Carl Schiefer has been a member at St. Paul since 1985. For many years he served as Assistant Principal and Middle School teacher at St. Paul Lutheran School.
He is presently semi-retired; teaching several classes at St. Paul and serving the congregation as Stephen Leader, coordinating the Stephen Ministry program. He is a member of the Board of Elders and is one of the teachers in Cross Training – the adult education program at St. Paul.
His wife Virginia taught second grade for many years at St. Paul Lutheran School until her retirement in 2004. They have one daughter, Katrina, who is married to Jason Kemos who plays the bass guitar in the Praise Band.
Carl can be reached at email@example.com
For more information on the Stephen Ministry, click here.
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St Paul Lutheran Church & School
701 West Palmetto Park Road
Boca Raton, Florida
Church Office: 561-395-0433
School Office: (561) 395-8548
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