About St. Luke's

God is in Cleveland.


Our Background

St Luke’s was built in 1886 on the corner of West 78th Street and Lake Avenue among farmland that is now the Detroit-Shoreway area of Cleveland.  

In 1875, St. John’s Episcopal Church at 2600 Church Avenue established a mission in the old Town Hall on Detroit Avenue near West 83rd Street.  It was called the “West Cleveland Sunday School”.  In 1883 the land on West 78th and Lake Avenue was purchased for $500.  The name St Luke’s was selected for the new chapel.  On June 13, 1886 the laying of the corner stone took place with the first service held September 12, 1886.  In 1890 Rev Edward T. Mabley became the first Rector of the chapel. In 1929, an addition to the original building was built to become the living quarters for the Rector and is now the gym and kitchen, located in the basement.

St. Luke’s has always been a church geared to children in the neighborhood. It is dedicated to outreach for the local community with the goal of feeding, clothing, and teaching which continues to this day.  Florence Tilt was one of the first Sunday School Teachers at St. Luke’s.  The Tilt Family started the Florence Tilt Fund which continues to provide support to St. Luke’s.

St Luke’s has had its highs and lows through out its 134 years.  As the neighborhood changed so did the church.  Change has always been a large part in the life of the church. The parish continues to adapt to these changes supported by its faith that has sustained it through both good times and bad.  We have been a church built around outreach to the community and we strive to maintain that commitment to this day.

Meet Our Staff

The Rev. Christopher Decatur

The Rev. Christopher Decatur


Deacon Barbara Maxwell

Deacon Barbara Maxwell


Kelcie Nicole Dugger

Kelcie Nicole Dugger

Youth Outreach Specialist

Bob Navis, Jr.

Bob Navis, Jr.


Gary Dye

Gary Dye


Meet Our Vestry

Helen Miskovitz

Senior Warden

Paul Driver

Junior Warden

Nathan Rutz


Pat Heinke


Addie Davies


Nastashia Thompson


Contact Us

We would love to hear from you! Please write us a message and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

1349 W. 78th St. (On Lake Ave.)
Cleveland, OH 44102

(216) 631-2841


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