St. Luke’s United Church of Christ in Lititz, PA has been faithfully serving God for over 113 years! The church began on December 1st, 1907 when the Reverend H.H. Spahn offered Holy Communion to 29 people. The congregational meeting after the service voted to organize into St. Luke’s Reformed Church.
In 1934 it became St. Luke’s Evangelical & Reformed Church and in 1957, when the Evangelical & Reformed churches merged with the Congregational Christian Churches, it reflected the new denomination by becoming St. Luke’s United Church of Christ.
The present church building was dedicated in 1968.
How wonderful that this Church family takes its name from Luke, “the Beloved Physician,” and follower of Jesus the Great Physician! As the world can bruise and wound us, it is such a joy to find encouragement and wholeness here in this place of healing. St. Luke’s is a small but mighty community of faith, where inter-generational really means something. We are enthused about our worship, our teaching ministry for all ages, and our service to this dear community. After a pause during the pandemic, we have resumed our “Lunch with Luke” Wednesday free lunch. Here at St. Luke’s, “We Worship — We Welcome — We Serve,” and we invite all to be a part of this vibrant family of faith.
Meet Our Staff
Rev. Jeff Shanaberger
Following the retirement of Pastor Jim Haun at the end of June, 2023, Pastor Jeff Shanaberger was called to serve as the Interim Pastor at St. Luke’s. Pastor Jeff has served in numerous congregations throughout his ministry, most recently as Interim Pastor at the Colonial Park Baptist Church in Harrisburg. While semi-retired, he still loves serving the Lord and providing pastoral care to congregations.
Director of Music Ministry
Doug joined us in October 2020 as our Director of Music Ministry. He comes to us from the Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ephrata, PA where he served as choir director, substitute organist and orchestra director. Doug also served as organist and pianist at Trinity EC Church in Terre Hill, PA.
Doug earned his BA in music with a concentration in vocal performance from West Chester University. He is a member of the Wheatland Chorale and has sung with the Lancaster Chamber Singers and the Lancaster Symphony Chorus. He also plays the trombone in the Lititz Community Band.
Doug has composed and directed songs that have been performed by the Wheatland Chorale in their concert series and on tour.
Doug and his wife Valerie live just outside of Terre Hill, PA. In addition to music, Doug enjoys gardening.
Ms. Mary Anne Pendi
Mary Anne has been with us since December 2018. She brings with her years of experience, strong organizational skills, and a sense of humor to help her though the myriad of tasks a church secretary faces.
The governing body of St. Luke’s is the congregation. The congregation elects a consistory, made up of four elders and six deacons, to administer the day-to-day operations of the church. In addition, the youth of the church are represented by a non-voting Youth Representative.
The 2021 Consistory includes (top row, left to right) Elders Amy Adams, Linda Bushong, Wendy Musser, and Sandi Whitson, and and Youth Representative Abby Musser, and (bottom row, left to right) Deacons Judie Drummond, Grace Ann McMullen, Betty Rohrer, and Gwen Story. There are two vacant Deacon positions.