First Christian Church of St. Paul

Faith. Fellowship. Mission. Mahtomedi, MN
First Christian Church of St. Paul
First Christian Church of St. Paul
First Christian Church of St. Paul
First Christian Church of St. Paul

Who We Are

First Christian-St. Paul is a small faith community in the East Metro Twin Cities focused on Faith, Mission and Fellowship.

About Us

Casual, Inclusive, Friendly, Progressive, Traditional Liturgy

Children's Ministry, Adult Education, Missions

Traditional Hymns

Disciples of Christ


English, Vietnamese


Plan Your Visit



650 Wildwood Road
Mahtomedi, MN 55115

(651) 779-3033


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Our Services

What are services like?
You don't have to dress up. Like a growing number of churches, you don't have to wear your Sunday best at First. Jeans are okay. Of course, if you want to dress formal you can do that too. We start at 9:30AM. We have one worship service on Sunday at 9:30AM. We gather to sing, greet one another, pray for each other, hear God's Word and take part in God's Meal. We have communion every Sunday. If there is something that defines Disciples, it's the fact that we have communion every Sunday. On most Sundays, a tray with bread and another with grape juice will be passed down the rows. On certain Sundays we do communion by intintion. Simply come forward and tear off a piece of bread and dip it in the juice.

What is the community like?
We are a small, intimate faith community. There are many large churches within a few miles of First. We are not one of them. We are a small group of committed followers of Jesus Christ. If you are looking for a large congregation, you might want to visit those other congregations. Small isn't a bad thing. Small is just small. We are a tiny community that is family to each other; sharing our joys and our sorrows together. If you want to be part of a community like that, please come visit us; we would love to have you!

Leadership View all

Dennis Sanders

Dennis Sanders

Dennis Sanders is a native of Flint, Michigan, the son of two retired autoworkers. He went to Michigan State University with a degree in Journalism. Dennis moved to Washington, DC in the early 90s to work for various non-profits on issues ranging from the environment to hunger. It was while in Washington that he began exploring a call to ministry and entered Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota in the fall of 1997 to begin his seminary education. Dennis graduated in 2001 from Luther and was ordained as a minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in 2002. From 2004 to 2007, Dennis was the founding pastor of Community of Grace Christian Church in St. Paul. From 2008 until 2013 Dennis was Associate Pastor for Diversity and Mission at First Christian Church in Minneapolis. When he isn’t at First, Dennis works full time as the Communications Specialist for Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church in Minneapolis an avid Star Trek fan and blogger. He lives with his partner Daniel in Minneapolis with their two cats Carlos and Henri. You can follow Dennis at his blog A Clockwork Pastor.

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