Apostles Lutheran Church, formerly known as Gloucester Lutheran Church, began in 1981 as a satellite of St. Mark Lutheran Church in Yorktown, Virginia.
First Worship 1981 at Botetourt Lodge
The first worship service was held on April 26, 1981 at the Botetourt Masonic Lodge in Gloucester Courthouse,led by the Rev. Ralph W. Spears. In September 1983, the congregation became chartered and subsequently approved by the Commonwealth of Virginia as an Independent Lutheran Church.
Groundbreaking for Building 1984
Land was purchased and in May 1984, ground was broken for the construction of a church building. Because of financial constraints, the congregation voted to assume a majority of the construction responsibility. ln June 1986, with the church building not yet complete, the congregation was invited by Ware Episcopal Church to use their Chapel of the Christ Child for worship services. The cross on the front of the future church was dedicated on August 10, 1986.
New Building Dedicated September 13, 1987
On Palm Sunday, April 12, 1987, almost three years after breaking ground, the congregation worshiped for the first time in the church building. The building was dedicated on September 13, 1987.
Congregation becomes part of the ELCA 1988
On May 13, 1988, Apostles Lutheran Church became a congregation of the Virginia Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.