§In the 1800’s Wellington became home to a large number of German families of the Evangelical Faith. These families and ancestors had come to the United States and eventually to the area that was to become Lafayette County.
§With a growing community, an ample living on the fertile soil, and bright promise, the group organized an Evangelical congregation near Wellington. In 1884, property was purchased that included a home and 25 acres. The congregation authorized the erection of a church in 1885. In 1897, they adopted a resolution for a new, larger building–one that could seat 500, plus room for Sunday school classes and social functions.
§In 1959, the congregation built a two-story educational building. The original home on the property was rebuilt in 1976 and remodeled in 2004.
§Currently, with a 46- year old educational building with concrete walls that cannot be moved and much repair needed, the church is in the middle of building an 18,000 sq. ft, multi-purpose community center that will house Sunday school classes and much more.The construction of the building is scheduled for September 2009 with 10,000 sq. ft. of finished space on the ground floor, including a full-size gymnasium and the senior center. The second and third floors, accommodating classrooms, offices and the Teen Loft will be completed as funds allow.
CHANGE OF AFFILIATION
§In 1998, there was a conflict of interest with the United Church of Christ on basic beliefs and doctrine. The denomination seemed to want to accept parts of scripture and reject others or reinterpret parts of the Bible. §For this reason we sought out a new denomination and ultimately selected the EFCA.
LEADERS & HEROES
§Lewis Drewel, a pioneer pastor was the first pastor and helped members of the community found St. Luke Church. The Potters and Schwartz family are descendents of Pastor Drewel.
§In 1933, the Reverend E. H. Biessenherz pastored St. Luke. During this time the church flourished. He was a much beloved pastor. His family is active in St. Luke today.
§Throughout St. Luke’s history are a number of family names from early years that are still active participants in St. Luke today. Names such as Biessenherz, Block, Kohlsteadt, Fahrmeier, Kolkmeyer, Nadler, Potter,
§St. Luke is proud of a rich family heritage both yesterday and today.