The St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church has out-grown the present facility and has made plans to build
a new sanctuary and facilities, that began with a ground breaking ceremony on Sunday, January 13, 2013.
St. Luke Baptist Church Hosts Ground
Breaking Ceremony, Sunday
From Hillary Young
Deacons and pastors of the St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church are shown ready to begin the
construction of the new church.
The St. Luke Missionary Baptist Church was organized in 1886, by Rev. Jake Moore. From 1886-1892, church members traveled from house to house within the community, to hold weekly worship services.
In August 1892, two acres of land were donated to the church by Bro. Lewis Cameron and his mother, for the purpose of building a "brush arbor" for worship services. From 1892 thru 1921, the church had several pastoral leaders. Reverands J. R. Robertson. Mike Wiggins, Dan Parker, L.L. Lewis, and T. M. Chambers are those listed as spiritual leaders during that time in the church's history.
In 1921, a new church was erected, under the leadership of Rev. H.H. Cunningham. From 1921-1973, other ministers that lead the St. Luke congregation included: C.H. Riley, J.I. Gilmore, R. L. Stephaney, Willie Haggerty, and Rev. Elgie Clayton, Sr., served for one year as an interim pastor.
In October of 1973, the church called Rev. Elgie Clayton, Sr., to pastor the church. During Rev. Clayton's 22 year tenure, many upgrades and repairs were completed on the existing building, including the addition of central air conditioning, concrete parking, a public address system, and upgraded improvements to the pastor's study and choir room. On December 25, 1994, Rev. Elgie Clayton, Sr., resigned his pastorate of the church, due to ill health. On January 3, 1995, God called him home from his labors to his reward.
On March 15, 1995, the church called Rev. Troy L. Young, as pastor. Under his leadership, there has been several remodeling and udating efforts completed on the current structure. A building committee was also formed, and through much prayer, God has shown favor with the St. Luke Church family; and it is with humbleness of heart and spirit, and sincere gratitude that we say, "Thank You" to God for laying it on the hearts of everyone involved as we embark on a journey of new construction.
Your prayers for the contractor, construction crew, and all involved in this project will be greatly appreciated. As God sees fit to complete the "Vision of St. Luke," we humbly invite you to help us lift up the name of Jesus and celebrate God's "handy-work" with the St. Luke Family!