The Saint Luke Baptist Church was organized in 1946 within the community known as Green Pastures. Six people were instrumental in organizing the church, namely, Susie Carpenter, Winnie Comas, James and Leah Dozier, Alex Alexander and Jessie Jones. The church’s original name was Rose Hill Baptist Church. The original property was sold and a new site was purchased near the homes of the members in Green Pastures. The name of the church was changed to Saint Luke Baptist Church. A one-room frame building was purchased and moved to the site at 10037 N.E 50th. That building had no modern facilities; however, God provided a means for the membership to remodel the frame building into a block structure. The late Rev. Samuel Nunley was called as the first Pastor. Following him were Rev. Logan and Rev. Ransom Leonard. The late Rev. James Dozier served as interim Pastor before Rev. Willie Nash was called to Pastor. In August of 1962, Rev. Dewitt Roland, then the Pastor of the Saint Paul Baptist Church in Meridian, Oklahoma was called as Pastor.
In July of 1966, a remodeling program costing $11,260 was initiated providing much needed indoor restrooms, classrooms and a baptistery. In April of 1973 a new sanctuary costing $46,000 was constructed to accommodate church growth. More ministries were added such as: Mobile Meals Ministry, Youth Ministry, Northeast Concerned Christians Housing Ministry, Bus Ministry, Evangelism Ministry and the Prison Ministry. In 1981-1982 additional property was purchased and the present church sanctuary was completed at a cost of $300,000. In August 1991 the Dewitt Roland Fellowship Hall and two education wings were added at a cost of $700,000. After thirty-three years of effective pastoral ministry, Pastor Roland retired due to failing health. On August 28, 1992 Pastor Roland recommended Rev. Kenneth L. West, then serving as Assistant Pastor, to succeed him as the Pastor of the church. Rev. West accepted the call as Pastor and installation services were held October 18, 1992 at 3:00 p.m. The church also voted to bestow the title Pastor Emeritus to Pastor Roland. On December 9, 1992 Pastor Roland was called home from labor to reward.
Pastor Kenneth L. West, his wife, Sharron and their five children became members of Saint Luke Baptist Church on April 17, 1990. Pastor West continues to lead the church in the service of the Lord. The Saint Luke Baptist Church has continued to thrive in many ministries under his leadership. Since he began his pastorate, God led him to begin a monthly marriage seminar for married couples and unmarried people planning for marriage. He was led to establish a children’s church ministry whereby children from ages five to twelve could attend service geared to their age level. God led Pastor West to establish a Christian counseling ministry. Three members have received training in Christian counseling to be equipped to counsel the membership. A Christian financial counseling ministry has also been established. Five members successfully completed a training program to prepare them to assist the membership. It is Pastor West’s vision to see more and more members equipped to give good Biblical counsel to the body of Christ. The church’s trustee ministry was reestablished; a scholarship ministry has been added, in addition to food closet and puppet ministries.
On Sunday, February 29, 2004, we celebrated with a Mortgage Burning Service. The Bond indebtedness had been paid in full. During the years of 2006 through 2009 the Lord moved on Pastor West to lead the church into building a Family Life Center. After prayerful thought and consideration, a Family Life Center Committee was chosen and the process begun. We began to prepare for this new construction by purchasing the property at 10011 Northeast 50th Street (the property directly east of our church) in April 2007. The house on the property was sold and moved in July 2008. With this purchase our properties are now connected leaving room for expansion.
Orange & Sons was hired to demolish the previous church building at 10037 Northeast 50th Street to prepare the land for expansion in September 2008. In February 2010, AMI Church Consulting Services was hired to determine our need and make a recommendation. AMI (Aka AMICCS) recommend a building size of 8000 square feet. They also recommended a Capital Campaign to finance the new construction.
Again after prayerful consideration, a Capital Campaign Committee was chosen. On March 12, 2010 our Kick-Off Banquet was held. Sunday, April 24, 2010 was designated as Commitment Sunday. On this day the church membership pledged to donate over $200,000.00 towards our Capital Campaign. DPI Construction was hired to construct the new building. In April of 2013 construction of the Saint Luke Family Life Center began. We celebrated the completion of this building on December 31, 2013 as we welcomed a New Year of endless possibilities.
We celebrate and worship our God for giving us such an honored past, a grateful present, and a promised future. We will continue to look unto Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our faith. (Hebrews 12:2).
TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!