St. Luke's United Methodist Church




700 New York Avenue

Martinsburg, WV 25401



Mike Cantly, Pastor


Pastor's E-mail:


Church Office and Library Hours:

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Monday through Friday




Sunday School 9:30 a.m.

Morning Worship at 10:45 a.m.



Our History



A Brief History of St. Luke's United Methodist Church

By Homer Collis, Historian


     St. Luke's United Methodist Church traces it's beginnings to a Sunday School started in 1907 in the old Mason School House, now a private residence at 817 Maryland Avenue.  The school was started by Mrs. Robert Steward, a member of Calvary Methodist Church.  In 1909, Mr. Arch Stanley and Mr. Jasper Graves under the direction of th Rev. W.F. Gruver, gave their support to the school.  These gentlemen were members of the local United Brethren Church.


     Attendance increased in the Sunday School, and two lots at Baker Street and New York Avenue were purchased at a cost of $600.  A frame church was built and dedicated July 20, 1911 with 26 charter members.  The cost of the building was $2,500.


     The new congregation grew rapidly.  In 1918 the frame church building was moved to the back of the lot and an annex was added.  In 1919 work began on the basement of the present sanctuary, and on January 2, 1921, the basement was dedicated.  Worship services were conducted in the basement until the main sanctuary was added and dedicated on September 17, 1923.  The cost of the building was $60,000.


     The congregation continued to grow.  The church building became debt free in 1943.  A parsonage was purchased in 1944.  In the 1950's construction was begun on a new educational building, and on May 19, 1957, the educational building was dedicated at a cost of $140,000.


     In 1962 a new parsonage was built.  In 1965, a three manual Allen organ was installed in the church.  Beginning in 1993, a total renovation of the church facilities was begun at a cost of $277,000.