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Who Are We?

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.

 
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Our Former Pastors & Interns

 
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The Rev. David Osborne

served as St Luke's interim pastor from August 4, 2019 until February 23, 2020. He came to us with a wide range of pastoral experience since graduating from Concordia Theological Seminary in 1977, most recently serving at Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. We were delighted to have his wife, Karen Schoenberger Osborne sing in our choir. They have two grown children, three grandchildren and currenly live in Woodstock, Georgia. They guided us through the interim process until Pastor Noah Herren accepted our call. The next chapter of their life brings full retirement and a cross country camper trip. Read more on page 2 of the August Lamp.

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