St. Paul's Reformed Church (Startown, North Carolina)

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St. Paul's Reformed Church
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St. Paul's Reformed Church
St. Paul's Reformed Church (Startown, North Carolina) is located in North Carolina
St. Paul's Reformed Church (Startown, North Carolina)
St. Paul's Reformed Church (Startown, North Carolina) is located in the US
St. Paul's Reformed Church (Startown, North Carolina)
LocationJct. of SR 1151 and SR 1005 (3562 Startown Road), Startown, North Carolina
Coordinates35°38′52″N 81°16′5″W / 35.64778°N 81.26806°W / 35.64778; -81.26806Coordinates: 35°38′52″N 81°16′5″W / 35.64778°N 81.26806°W / 35.64778; -81.26806
Arealess than one acre
Built1903 (1903)
Architectural styleLate Gothic Revival
MPSCatawba County MPS
NRHP reference #90000860[1]
Added to NRHPJune 21, 1990

St. Paul's Reformed Church is a historic church located at Startown, Catawba County, North Carolina.


1759 - 1903[edit]

St. Paul's Reformed Church dates its beginning to 1759. In that year, a German Reformed congregation and a Lutheran congregation, worshipping in the same building, called their first pastor: the Rev. James Martin, a Swiss Reformed pastor. These German immigrants who made up the two congregations had arrived in this country seeking religious freedom and economic relief. The historic St. Paul's Church building was built in 1818 and is the oldest church structure west of the Catawba River.[2]

1904 - 1974[edit]

This Reformed/Lutheran, union-church arrangement continued until 1904 when the Reformed congregation decided to relocate a few miles away to the Startown Community to be closer to the homes of its members. In Startown the Reformed congregation constructed a Victorian / Late Gothic Revival-style, one room church building. At this point in its history, St. Paul's was part of a four-church charge.[2]

In 1937 The Reformed Church joined with the Evangelical Synod to form the Evangelical and Reformed Church. The Startown congregation was then referred to as St. Paul's E&R Church.


In 1974, the congregation relocated again, one-half mile from the 1904 church, and built a new facility. The two-church arrangement continued with Bethel Church until 1978 when the St. Paul's congregation began supporting a full-time pastor on its own.

The congregation is nondenominational.

Two of the former buildings used by St. Paul's still stand today: the one constructed in the early 1800s (Old Conover-Startown Road, Newton) and the Victorian-style structure (Startown Road and Dove Street, Newton). Both of these older buildings are registered historic landmarks.

The St. Paul's Reformed Church at Startown was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]



  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ a b Barbara Kooiman and Laura A. W. Phillips (May 1989). "St. Paul's Reformed Church" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-08-01.