In 1957 the Mississippi Conference of the United Methodist Church felt a new church was needed in the Joyner Neighborhood. Fifty-seven members from Tupelo First United Methodist Church volunteered to be "charter members" of the new church. The organizational meeting in May of that same year was held in the Joyner Home. In June the charter memberships was closed with 137 members. The church met in Church street school and Rockwell Youth Center until the sanctuary was built in the present location. The first service was on Easter Sunday 1957. The pews hadn't arrived so the congregations sat on boards and concrete blocks.
The first pastor was the Rev. Duncan Clark who attends St. Luke today. In 1991 the new sanctuary was built and the former sanctuary was converted to the fellowship hall. The Family Life Center was completed soon after that.
In April 28, 2014 a F-3 tornado did extensive damage to the sanctuary and most of the campus. St. Luke embarked on a rebuilding, expansion and renovation project that covered two and a half years.
Today we are completely rebuilt with state-of-the-art sound and visual system, remodeled and expanded Fellowship Hall. The facilities and people of this church stand ready to reach out and welcome all who will worship with us.
If you are looking for a church home, our doors and hearts are open. If you're looking for a church where you can serve and have an active part, St. Luke is ready to get you involved. If you're looking for a church that feels like home, St. Luke is that place.