St. Paul’s to recognize 7 founding families at 5th annual Alumni & Friends Dinner and School Auction

(St. Paul’s Lutheran School)

CULLMAN, Ala. – St. Paul’s Lutheran School’s Alumni & Friends Dinner and School Auction is the largest fundraiser of the year for the school. This year’s event will take place on April 13. Said the school in a media release, “It is a fantastic evening filled with nostalgia and fellowship among parents, alumni, and friends. As we come together to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of St. Paul’s Lutheran School, it is an incredible honor to announce that the IMPACT Award will not go to just one person, but to the seven founding families.”

The IMPACT Award is an annual award presented by St. Paul’s to those students, teachers, support staff and church members who’ve made significant contributions to the school and community.

During the dinner portion of the evening, St. Paul’s will present the seven founding families of St. Paul’s Lutheran School with the IMPACT Award:

  • Ed and Adela Mae Apel
  • Bill and Bobbie Buettner
  • Melvin and Alice Marie Dahlke
  • Arnie and Louise Danker
  • Carl and Martha Woodard
  • Willis and Dot Hancock
  • Robert and Teeny Teichmiller

The IMPACT Award is inspired by 1 Peter 4:10-11: “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”

The appreciation and hard work of these families made it possible for St. Paul’s to continue the ministry of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Cullman. St. Paul’s Lutheran School first opened in the late 1880s. In 1916, the school closed due to financial reasons. These families are responsible for the reopening of St. Paul’s Lutheran School in 1954. For seven decades, St. Paul’s Lutheran School has served the residents of Cullman County in providing a faith-based, Christ-centered education.

“In recent years, St. Paul’s Lutheran School has moved to a Classical Lutheran Education. You can learn more online at St. Paul’s Lutheran School would love to hear your stories and see your pictures from your time there. If you are interested in sharing, or if you are a former student, support staff, or teacher, please contact Amanda Lee at or Rachel Hullett at,” said the release.

Celebrate 70 years of St. Paul’s Lutheran School at the fifth annual Alumni & Friends Dinner and School Auction on April 13, 2024, at the Traditions Bank Operations building. Ticket and table information is available at or in the school office.