Our congregation is the result of a consolidation of two congregations, Bethlehem Lutheran and Good Samaritan Lutheran. Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church was officially formed on Pentecost Sunday, May 18th, 1997.
The former Bethlehem Lutheran was organized in 1875 and was originally located at 58th and Wells. Our current building was erected in 1950 by the members of the former Bethlehem Lutheran.
Good Samaritan Lutheran was organized in 1976 by former members of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. Before consolidation, Good Samaritan Lutheran worshipped in the chapel at Morgan Park United Methodist.
Our organ (a 1965 Moller organ) was built for the former Bethlehem Lutheran Church congregation, and was designed by Mr. Robert Reuter who was serving the church as organist and choir director at that time. This special instrument is enjoyed during worship every Sunday. In 2007 major refurbishment and revoicing work was begun and was completed in 2008. On Sunday, March 29, 2009, the organ was rededicated in a Journey in Song Hymn Festival lead by nationally known conductor, composer and organist, Dr. David Cherwien.
Reuter said his design was conceived "...so that organ literature of every era could be impressively performed" – a perfect parallel to the story of our church – conceived to spiritually sustain its members across many generations.
Today, proud of our rich history and passionate for what is here-and-now, the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church experience is venturesome and young with a reverence for tradition.