History of the People of Faith
First Building, eary 50s
Worship Center with Parish Hall, early 60s
Courtyard in Educational Wing
Faith Lutheran Church began as a vision of the Home Mission Committee of the Texas District of the American Lutheran Church. The Rev. Harold Wernecke was called to serve as mission developer. The first worship service was held on August 6, 1950, at Ridgetop Elementary School. On September 10, Faith Lutheran Church was organized with 34 charter members. Groundbreaking was held on November 19, 1950. The first worship service was held in the new building on the corner of Woodrow and Brentwood on March 25, 1951.
Faith Lutheran Church has been an important part of the Brentwood and Crestview neighborhoods for the past 68 years. At first, Faith was located on the fringes of north Austin. Today, Faith Lutheran Church is located in North Central Austin, as the city continues to grow and expand in all directions. Many exciting ministries have come and gone and have continued over the years: worship services, at one time as many as four in a week; Sunday School; confirmation; youth groups; camp; the American Lutheran Church Women and now the Women of the Evangelical Lutheran Church; a breakfast ministry for the homeless; cans for Caritas; a partnership with Water to Thrive to build a water well in Ethiopia; support of a new mission start in 1960 that became Ascension Lutheran Church; a Child Development Center; and many, many more. Through it all, Faith has seen itself as an integral part of these neighborhoods and this part of Austin.
Over the years as Faith grew, the buildings have grown and expanded. A new sanctuary was dedicated in 1958; an educational wing and office space were added in 1970; and in 1990, the Family Life Center and Activity Center were built to replace the old fellowship hall which had fallen into disrepair.
Over the years our membership has expanded and contracted as the neighborhood has changed, but the people of Faith know that when it comes to their ministry for Christ, the best days are ahead: days to spread the Good News of what Christ has done for them.