Who Are We?
In response to the call in Romans 15:7 “Welcome one another therefore, as Christ has welcomed you for the glory of God,” we believe that every person has worth as an individual and every person is entitled to dignity and respect.
We therefore publicly proclaim that:
- We welcome people of any race, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, and ability into the membership of our church, and we encourage all people to share their faith, gifts and talents in worship, service, study and leadership;
- We commit to remove all barriers that exclude people from full and active participation in our church; and
- We will continually strive to eliminate prejudice from our thoughts and actions and discourage prejudice by others at every opportunity.
We are a Christian Community who, with God's help, commit ourselves to achieving a greater understanding of the living Word and equipping ourselves for loving outreach, service and ministry.
Constitution and By-Laws
Our Beliefs: What does it mean to be Lutheran?
A History of St Luke Lutheran Church
In 1962, the Division of American Missions of the American Lutheran Church (ALC) decided to start a mission in northwest Atlanta. The Rev. Jerry L. Straszheim was called from Columbus, Ohio at the conclusion of his senior year in seminary to become the first pastor. In starting what would be only the second ALC congregation in the state of Georgia, the former sports announcer knocked on over 3500 doors seeking the unchurched, the inactive and any Lutherans. The first worship service was held on September 8, 1963 in Birney Elementary School. Construction on the present site began in October 1963. The Congregation was officially established on January 18, 1964 with 37 confirmed members and first worshiped in the newly completed church on May 31, 1964, with the building officially dedicated on November 15, 1964.
Notable building additions to St. Luke include our Fellowship Hall, our kitchen, rest rooms, and several classrooms in November of 1988. In March of 1998, the remodeling of our sanctuary which was completed. At that time 11 stained glass windows were added, including the "Crucifixion Window", a large stained glass window (click here for photos on the artist's website) of the crucifixion behind the altar. Additional stained glass windows of the creation story were added to the church entry in 2000. These windows are featured throughout our website.
Today the facility of St. Luke serves as a center for education and worship for the congregation and for many community groups.