Our Story

Grace Lutheran Church was formally organized in 1942​ under The Rev. Forest Friese.  Charter members included Mr and Mrs J.J. Appel, John Barringer, Mr and Mrs A.W. Holler, Mr and Mrs Howard Davis, Mrs Helen Roll, and Mrs Florence Grossman.

 

They held services in a storefront on Hillsborough Road until the chapel was built at Buchanan and Green Streets. The first service in the chapel occurred on June 29, 1947, over 75 years ago.

As early as 1937, the J.J. Appel family held services in their home. Later, a house was rented on Englewood Avenue and space was used at the Music Hall and Library of Duke University. The new sanctuary was dedicated in 1989.  The original chapel is now Fellowship Hall. ​

The following Pastors have served at Grace during its 75-year history:

  • Rev. Robert Friese (1942-1946)

  • Rev. Paul Gibbert (1946-1950)

  • Rev. Donald Reinbolt (1951-1958)

  • Rev. Schoenborn (1959-1962)

  • Rev. Dr. Scharleman (1962-1963)

  • Rev. Brohn (1964-1967)

  • Dr. Frederick L. Neebe (1968-1971)

  • Rev. D. Paul Nelson (1971-1990)

  • Rev. James Knuth (1991-2007)

  • Rev. Joseph Dzugan - Associate Pastor (1998-2001)

  • Rev. Bryan Chestnutt - Associate Pastor (2003-2007)

    • Senior Pastor - (2007-August 2018)​

  • Rev. Dr. David H. Brooks (August 2019-​

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824 North Buchanan Blvd, Durham, NC 27701 | 919-682-6030  | www.gracelutheranchurch.net

Mission Statement: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church exists to share the Gospel joyfully and nurture faith, trusting in God's unconditional love and grace.

Vision Statement: Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church will be a welcoming, caring, vibrant family that is united in Christ, boldly sharing His love.

Core Values: Because God loves us first, we value worship rooted in Scripture and Sacraments, service to all people, and being a welcoming community that loves and forgives one another.