CHURCH OF SAINT LUKE & ACADEMY
1500 West Belmont Avenue I Chicago, IL 60657
A welcoming, inclusive worship & education community in the Lutheran tradition for nearly 140 years in Lakeview
A Church, Award-winning Academy, Cemetery and Affordable Living Communities, Music, Art Gallery and More
Church of Saint Luke and its Ministries are an example of how we are called to do God's work in every way, everyday.
Saint Luke has a long history in the Lakeview community and has been part of its spiritual expansion, providing affordable, high quality, Christian-based education, music and entertainment, offering affordable housing and overall growth of the Lakeview community.
The church, marked by its five-story cathedral and bell tower on the corner of Belmont and Greenview, has been a place of faith and community since 1884, with the current building built in 1959.
Music is important to the Lutheran service (for example, Bach was a Lutheran), and it's especially important at Saint Luke. The church is home to one of the largest organs in Chicago. It has been played by many great organist, including the famous composer and performer Paul Manz, one time Cantor Emeritus at Saint Luke.
Over the years, the church performed a vast number of Bach Cantatas, drawing crowds from surrounding states. The church was instrumental in bringing the one-of-a-kind Jazz Nativity to Chicago and in developing the Jazz Passion, which performed internationally for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, and exclusively at the Church of Saint Luke.
Affordable, high quality, faith-based education. For nearly 140 years, Saint Luke Academy has served the children of Chicago’s Lakeview community, and surrounding areas, with innovative, progressive, and award-winning education that inspires students to a lifetime of success and service. Our Book Bugs and Dragonflies for toddlers has become a popular resource for parents and caregivers in the area.
Saint Luke Cemetery, spans over 40 acres of land near the intersection of Pulaski and Foster within the city limits of Chicago, includes sections for burial, traditional markers and monuments and a pet cemetery in the Garden of St. Francis (the patron saint of animals).
The Church of Saint Luke seeks to be a diverse urban and global community that shares Christ’s love as our foundation.
Saint Luke Ministries lives it mission through worship, service, education, and advocacy.
We celebrate diversity and difference. Our worship strives to reflect and embrace the full, complete, and wonderful variety of God’s people: all ages, family situations, classes, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and gender identities make up the Body of Christ, as we gather together around Word and Sacrament.
Sundays at 9:30 AM
Accessible online and in-person resources in the Lutheran tradition.
Saint Luke Academy offers affordable innovative and engaging coursework for preschool and primary grade students that shapes their intellectual, spiritual, and physical well-being.
Housing Ministry: Going beyond advocacy in the fight for affordable housing, Saint Luke donated the land adjacent to the church and school to be developed into affordable Independent and Supportive (Assisted) Living Senior Housing in cooperation with the Renaissance Companies of Chicago.
Saint Luke Cemetery: Saint Luke Cemetery spans over 40 acres of land near the intersection of Pulaski and Foster within the city limits of Chicago, and includes a pet cemetery.
We are working alongside the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), The ELCA’s Accompanying Migrant Minors with Protection, Advocacy, Representation and Opportunities program (AMMPARO), and the Southwestern Texas Synod to provide necessary resources and relief.
We're committed to supporting local social services, collecting food and items for the home, the environment with volunteer opportunities in every corner of our ministry.
A uniquely joyful and welcoming community, serving the city and worshipping with great joy!
Stephen P. Bouman, Interim Pastor
Pastor Stephen Bouman grew up at Grace Lutheran Church and School in River Forest, Illinois. He was in the last graduating class (1973) at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis before the split in the LCMS and the seminary. He served two congregations in New York City and New Jersey and served two terms as bishop of the Metropolitan NY Synod (1996-2008). He served as Executive Director of the Domestic Mission Unit of the ELCA until his retirement in 2019. He presently serves as Interim Pastor at Saint Luke.
Don Mead, Cantor
An accomplished cellist and founding member of the Chicago Sinfonietta, Don Mead began serving St. Luke on Christmas Eve 2012. As Cantor, he teaches music and works with choirs in Saint Luke Academy and commands the 3-manual Schlicker pipe organ in the balcony for worship services. He holds the traditions defined by the former distinguished Saint Luke Cantor Paul Mana (1980-1999) and says “we move forward, carrying those traditions we hold dear while seeking and embracing those new expressions and people who want to sing praise to God.”
Donna Beck, Academy Principal
A native of Chicago Donna attended Saint Luke Academy for grade school and returned to be a teacher after attending Valparaiso University. She later received her Master in Reading degree from Concordia University Chicago. Donna completed her doctoral coursework and is now currently working on her dissertation in Reading, Language and Literacy, also at Concordia University Chicago, where she serves as an adjunct professor. She has been a youth counselor, Sunday school coordinator, teacher, Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, and Principal and is committed to Christian Education and loves her work at Saint Luke Academy.
1500 West Belmont Avenue I Chicago, IL 60657