About Us

Our History


In its meeting in 1895, the South Carolina Lutheran Synod voted to help the Lutherans in a number of South Carolina communities. This included the town of Florence. To this end, the Reverend J. C. Trauger was appointed as the first Pastor of Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Florence, South Carolina. Reverend Trauger visited Florence and Saint Luke had its first service on March 12, 1896, at the home of Robert Cronenberg. Fourteen Lutherans met on that Thursday night. One of their first tasks was to baptize little Anna Katy Marie Bissett. She was the first Lutheran baptized at Saint Luke. In fact, she later became the first organist for the congregation.


Saint Luke Lutheran Church lacked a permanent location and on March 10, 1908, the first building was dedicated near the railroad tracks. This building served the congregation for nearly 40 years. By 1950, the building was too cramped and the railroad tracks were so noisy that services had to be stopped when a train went by. It was time for another location.


The new location was located on the corner of King Avenue and Winston Street. The new church building was dedicated on March 26, 1950. It served admirably until it became too small to house the growing congregation. 


Saint Luke moved again to its present location on Cherokee Road, dedicated on February 23, 2003. This sanctuary is poised to continue to serve the needs of its congregation and the community.

What We Believe

At Saint Luke Lutheran Church, we believe in the gospel message of the living Jesus Christ, who was crucified and rose from the dead. This gospel, or good news that we refer to as God's Word, is the core message of the Church - the people of the Triune God. Our conviction is that the Word of God is proclaimed through the Bible and the Sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord's Supper. Therefore, we are committed to classical Lutheran Christianity, a traditional yet enduring way of believing that the Bible, the sacramental and liturgical life of the Church guide and nurtures our faith every single day.


We welcome you to join our church family at any time for the many opportunities we offer to discover God and how God is at work in the world through the risen Jesus Christ. Thank you for exploring our website to learn more about who we are and feel free to contact us at any time with your questions.

Mission Statement

Proclaim, serve, and witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Our Staff

Pastor Rusty Kehl


Joyce Shaw

Director of Music Ministries



Taylor Bell

Office Manager

Cebie Perkins



Buddy Dunklin