St. Paul’s Lutheran Church is an American church with a Chinese congregation. Some American members have been serving the community, especially the Chinese community, by volunteering to teach ESL classes. Now, there are three classes with verbal practice emphasis from 1 to 2 p.m. every Sunday in the church’s education building. We also have conversational partner programs when teachers are available.

  • Beginners class: The teacher, Mr. Todd Thurwatcher, is fluent in both English and Chinese.
  • Intermediate class: The teacher is Ms. Barbara Easterly whose speech is slow and clear, allowing students to easily follow along and learn. She teaches English for everyday life scenarios.
  • Advanced class: Mr. Merle Whitz is very knowledgeable. He can teach on various subjects to broaden students’ knowledge about America and its culture, history and politics.

Todd Teaching Basic Class

Barbara Teaching Intermidiate Class

Merle Teaching Advanced Class