St. Luke Union’s Story

The history of St. Luke Union Church is quite unique. In 1834, First Presbyterian Church of Bloomington was founded by Scotch-Irish immigrants living in McLean County, and delivered services under that name until a 1964 merger with Pilgrim Congregational Church. That union led to the formation of the Union Presbyterian Church. The original church building, still located in southeast Bloomington, was constructed by Union Presbyterian Church in 1966.

Meanwhile, in 1884, German immigrants in McLean County wishing to worship in the Reformed Tradition developed St. Luke Evangelical and Reformed Church. Through a series of denominational mergers this church eventually became St. Luke United Church of Christ (UCC).

Each of these organizations remained independent until 1975, when Union Presbyterian Church and St. Luke UCC merged to create what is known today as St. Luke Union Church. It has been an exceptional merger, enriching the spiritual lives of church members in McLean County and providing ministry around the world through the United Church of Christ and Presbyterian Church (USA).

Today, St. Luke Union Church continues its spiritual mission to be an active, caring community proclaiming the Word of God, seeking to know God’s will as individuals and as a church, being transformed by the Holy Spirit, practicing Christian discipleship, and demonstrating Christ’s unconditional grace and love for all.