Our Story

We have a rich history going back well before Federation and the building of Canberra.

The original St Paul’s church commenced in 1841 and was located on the historic reserve adjacent to the current rectory in Sharwood Crescent, Evatt.

A plaque in the reserve records the names of people known to have been buried in the graveyard next to the church.

Worship services were held there from about 1860 until 1902 and until 1874 the building was also used as a school.

St Paul’s in the late 1800’s

The current St. Paul’s Ginninderra was re-established in 1973 to serve the developing suburbs of Spence, Melba, Florey, Evatt and McKellar.

While many who attend St. Paul’s come from these suburbs, people today are much more mobile and we also welcome people from all over Canberra and beyond.

The church is located in a part of the Mt Rogers Community Centre, Spence.

At St. Paul’s we continue to:

  • Make Jesus central to our life-related preaching.
  • Nurture adults, youth and children in a relationship with Jesus.
  • Encourage people to discover and exercise their Spiritual gifts.
  • Offer opportunities for people to find wholeness in their lives.
  • Create an atmosphere of love and friendship.
  • Live out the Great Commission of Jesus.
  • See “His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven”.


St Paul’s places a strong emphasis on outreach programs, engaging with local communities and missions.

The following links provide more about the history of St Paul’s:

  • A History of the Anglican Church in Ginninderra 1821-1983 – Read more here
  • Parish History 1973-1989 by Revd Dr Brian Carter – Read more here
  • St Paul’s – A Pioneer Spirit – Read more here

For more information about St Paul's, contact us here..

St Paul's Ginninderra