A Brief History of St. Luke

Decision to found a new church: August 24, 1876

Bishop Matthew Simpson presided over meeting at home of Mrs. Virginia Crawford

Mother church: Radnor Methodist Episcopal

Radnor Church started as a class meeting in 1780

Cost of the present lot: $2,000

Of which $1,000 was donated by the Penn Central Railroad

Building Dedication: June 29, 1879

Cost of building: $8700, paid for on the dedication day

Members of St. Luke organized

Wayne and Ardmore United Methodist churches between 1890 and 1895

Current Pastor: Rev. David Tatgenhorst

Best Things about St. Luke Today

1.    LIFE groups – Living in Faith Everyday – support groups for men, women, parents, and college students. Plus: Exercising Your Faith

2.    Children’s Celebration – an engaged and fun Sunday school & youth program

3.    Beautiful Music – a superb choir with spiritual zest

4.    Engaged ministry – opportunities to work or give to ministries as varied as North Philadelphia, New Orleans, and Nigeria

5.    Relevant Preaching – sermon series on “Why Does God Allow Suffering?” “Faith and Facebook,” “Conquering Addictions”, etc.

6.    Spiritual Presence – sense the presence of the Spirit in weddings and funerals, baptism and worship week after week

 Other historical points:

In 1880 the pipe organ was given and installed. The parsonage was built in 1891. The Church basement was made ready for the Sunday School which met there for the first time in November 1915. However, in time, better accommodations were needed and the Educational Building was built and consecrated in November 1950. It was renamed Lurwick Hall in 1983 in honor of the Rev. George Lurwick who served St. Luke Church as
pastor from 1948 to 1983.

By 1961 the congregation had outgrown the original Church building and a new sanctuary was completed. It was consecrated by Bishop Fred P. Corson on March 23,1962. Church membership peaked at 465 in 1967. By 1968 the debt was paid in full and Bishop J. Gordon Howard dedicated the sanctuary debt free on December 8th of that year.