In 1956, the Los Angeles Presbytery decided to organize a Presbyterian congregation on the then sparsely populated Palos Verdes Peninsula. St. Luke’s was officially founded on May 11, 1956, with a charter membership of 174. Worship services were initially held at Dapplegray School. In 1957, a little over 4 acres of land were purchased on Rolling Hills Road, but services continued to be held at the school until August 5, 1962, when the congregation dedicated its new sanctuary at the present location.
In 1984-85, after much prayer and thought, it was decided to provide a home on the church grounds for then pastor, Rev. Charlie Kothe and his family. Much time, work and money went into the building of the manse.
On October 25, 2009, a long-held dream came true. After several years of planning, a new educational wing was added. The bright new community room and classrooms are now in use not only by St. Luke’s but by other groups who need a space to gather. This great space and our beautiful grounds express a sense of welcome both to St. Luke’s members and the many community groups who use the facility throughout the week.
From 1997 to August of 2013, pastoral leadership was provided by a husband and wife co-pastor team, the Rev. Dr. Laura Krauss and the Rev. Dr. Reinhard Krauss. In their shared ministry, these pastors emphasized a cooperative leadership style with a special focus on worship and preaching, children and youth, mission, and interfaith relations.
Rev. Dr. Sunny Kang has led the congregation since 2013, bringing with him a welcoming and inclusive vision and foresight for the future. Under his pastoral leadership, St. Luke’s has continued its loving ministry to our congregation and expanded our outreach to the broader community. St. Luke’s popular Summer Concert Series, Community Egg Hunt, and events of interest to our neighbors have opened the doors to many.
In 2015, Pastor Sunny and Associate Pastor Joshua Yee created “Hillside Gathering” as an outreach to a younger generation of seekers. This group meets to share life, experience God, and make a difference in our community. For more information on this innovative idea visit www.hillside3.com.
St. Luke’s continues to grow in many directions. Future goals include additional learning and worship opportunities for adults and children, continued development of our mission work, and ongoing maintenance and upgrading of our buildings and grounds.