Who We Are
Our Mission is to Follow in the Way of Jesus
The mission of St. Luke is to work for God's peace, hope, love and justice in the world.
This mission takes many forms, but can best be summarized by saying we're trying to follow in the Way of Jesus,
which we believes transforms us and the world.
To practice peace, St. Luke seeks to provide a sacred space to worship, reflect, learn and grow.
To offer hope, St. Luke encourages our people to be "messengers of good news," sharing the unconditional love and grace of Jesus with those who have lost hope, the disenfranchised, the oppressed, those burned or bored by religion, and those society calls "less than."
To love God and neighbor, St. Luke recognizes the sacred worth of our LGBTQ brothers and sisters, serves the homeless and hungry locally in Austin and internationally in Guatemala, and supports one another through all of life's up's and down's.
To work for justice, St. Luke supports the Reconciling Ministries Network, the Hope Food Pantry, the CROP Walk, Out Youth, the Interfaith Action of Central Texas and Project Salud y Paz. We pride ourselves on being a neighborhood church creating a big impact.
We hope you will join us in learning what it means to actively love God, our neighbors and ourselves.
In the mid-1930's, a small group of people met in the home of Bennie and Mamie Morgan in West Austin. A charter was granted in 1938. As the community grew, they met in the Old Confederate Home on West Sixth Street (now the University Gateway Apartments), the house next to Mathews Elementary School and finally our current location, 1306 West Lynn.
To pay for the materials for what is now the Education Building and Fellowship Hall, the ladies of the church served lunches in the Courthouse for one dollar -- complete meals with dessert and coffee. Most of the labor for construction was done by members, some of it at night by floodlight. This structure was used for the Sanctuary, with Sunday School rooms and office upstairs.
The next projects were the Parsonage and the Infant Care Center. Later, in 1958, the present Sanctuary was built. Many talents are reflected in this endeavor, but none more prominent than Toni Silver's beautiful wood carvings. St. Luke members continue to make improvements and additions to our place of worship and church grounds.
Some of the outreach programs that are active or had their beginnings at St Luke to benefit the general population of the city are:
St. Luke Infant Care Center
Hope Food Pantry
AIDS Services of Austin
Student Family Services
Senior Citizen Activity Centers
Wheatsville Food Co-op
Rape Crisis Center of Austin
Child Inc. Child Development Center
Campbell Elementary and Education Connect
St. Luke is proud of its history, but even more excited about its future.