St. Luke the Evangelist was officially founded in 2002 by local families to provide a pan-Orthodox Christian witness to the east side of the greater Cleveland metropolitan area. There are over two dozen Orthodox parishes in the Cleveland metropolitan area, but almost all of them are located either in central Cleveland or on the West side.
During 2005, St. Luke committed to building a permanent church by purchased six acres of undeveloped property. The property is three miles south of Chagrin Falls on the northwest corner of S. Franklin St. and Chagrin River Rd.
In November 2008, Fr. Matthew Thurman was sent to St. Luke as its first full-time priest. Since his arrival, St. Luke has undertaken an active effort to develop its community life. The parish has regular adult study opportunities, an established Church School program, and several fellowship and outreach opportunities for members and inquirers.
St. Luke moved to its current location in downtown Chagrin Falls during the summer of 2010. Up to this point in the life of the parish, St. Luke had been a "Sunday Liturgy only" community. With the advent of acquiring its own dedicated space, St. Luke has been able to offer the full cycle of regular services and activities to the surrounding community. Even with this expansion in activity, the parish has been limited by the constraints of renting space within a building with other tenants.
St. Luke began a new chapter in the summer of 2016 by actively planning to build a permanent church on its property. During 2017, the parish hired an architect and worked with him to prepare plans for a 5,000 sq. ft. church building. The end of 2017 saw the beginning of a capital campaign to raise funds for building construction.
Thus far in 2018, the building program has seen the completion of plans for construction, formally submitting them to the city for variances, final approval from the Archdiocese for construction, and the blessing of the property in preparation for construction.
(updated August 2018)