In the early 1950s, the city of Denver was rapidly expanding with suburbs in all directions. The Mission Board of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod sought land for a new congregation to meet the needs of this growing area. The only parcel available in southeast Denver was a 4.5 acre plot located on what is now the corner of E. Eastman Ave. and S. Dahlia St. The plot was bare, except for the old Osner dairy barn, erected in 1884.
The barn was renovated to include a sanctuary upstairs and a fellowship area with classrooms downstairs. On September 7, 1952, 450 people gathered to dedicate the building to the Lord and install the first pastor. The next years saw tremendous growth from the neighborhood—baptisms, marriages, and confirmation classes commenced. The first Vacation Bible School hosted 222 children. In the fall of 1954, the congregation began a Lutheran grade school with a kindergarten class of 26 students. The next several decades were blessed with a growing school and many pastors and teachers faithfully serving in ministry.
In 1987, The congregation marked its 35th anniversary and dedicated a multipurpose building which doubled as a sanctuary and a gymnasium for the school. In 1992 an expansion included a new childcare facility.
In 2007, after 54 years of faithful ministry, the school closed due to declining enrollment. The congregation remains a strong supporter of Lutheran education by weekly educating our children, offering Vacation Bible School each year, and supporting the surrounding Lutheran Schools. Last year, in conjunction with the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, we celebrated 65 years in ministry. The west side of our property was recently sold to the Rise School of Denver, tenants since 2005. To better suit the needs of our current congregation, we are in the process of designing a new building to replace the original sanctuary.
Until the building is complete, we are worshiping at a nearby congregation, Christ Lutheran Church. See here for more details. We continue to gather weekly with grateful hearts, receiving the Lord’s blessings in worship, growing in faith together, and serving the University Hills neighborhood as we are able.