St. Paul's was founded in 2005 by Roger and Diane McMurrin with a group of musicians who wanted to worship together and have an evangelical focus among the poor, in particular, the widows, pensioners, and orphans.
The McMurrins had already founded a church in the same manner in 1994, with 90 musicians and many people thronged to its worship service, drawn by the preaching of God's Word, sacred classical music provided by members of the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, and humanitarian assistance for the poor. Over a period of years, Church of the Holy Trinity became affiliated with the Presbyterian Church of Ukraine, and ordained its own Ukrainian pastor, and elders. Thus, the church became independent of missionary involvement. The church continues today as an active congregation with a contemporary music style.
St. Paul's began in the Music Mission Kiev office headquarters, and soon outgrew the space. Today the congregation numbers over 200 members, and meets in rental space, at 50-52 Shevchenko Blvd. In the center of Kiev, in the same room where the Kiev Symphony Orchestra and Chorus holds their rehearsals. It is also the same room where Church of the Holy Trinity has always met. Trinity Church meets there on Sunday mornings. St. Paul's meets at 2:30 in the afternoon.
St. Paul's is an independent church and is unique by its worship style. Each week the church music is led by a string quartet and an ensemble of professional singers from the KSOC. Children participate through choir and/or handbell anthems. A choir of pensioners also adds to the musical fare, usually with a hymn at the time of the offering. Traditional hymns are sung by the congregation.
Members of the congregation participate in prayers, reading of the Scriptures, and reciting of the Psalms. Sermons are delivered by Roger McMurrin, Wes Janzen, or Vasily Bikman, Ukrainian assistant pastor. Kostya Viklukin serves as translator and worship leader. Helen Sedih is Director of Music, and Larisa Reutova is pianist. Directing the children are Katerina Vikulkina and Valentina Smirnova.
St. Paul's Church has many widows and pensioners in attendance, perhaps 170 per week. Almost all have come to know Christ through the church and its ministries. The church is the hub of the widows ministry, the orphan ministry, and the Children's Music Club.
St. Paul's Church reaches out to the world for Christ. The congregation has contributed to the Ukrainian Bible Society, KSOC participation in the Tallin evangelical conference, Evangelism Explosion outreach to Italy, and Straight Ahead Ministries in Ukraine which helps young people addicted to alcohol and drugs, and also has an active ministry to prisoners and gypsies.
One hundred of the church members have been trained in Evangelism Explosion program to share their faith.