Our History

  • June 16, 1965: Rev. Edward L. Counts called as Mission Developer by Board of American Missions
  • October 3, 1965: East Hampton Mission Group held a service at Century Bowling Lanes
  • October 10, 1965: First Sunday Church School
  • November 14, 1965: Charter Sunday
  • December 19, 1965: Service of Organization at St. Paul's Church
  • April 19, 1966: Congregation received into the Virginia Synod
  • May 19, 1968: Groundbreaking for Unit 1
  • January 5, 1969: First Service in The New Building (167 attended)
  • January 12, 1969: Unit 1 Dedication
  • September, 1973: Start of Gloria Dei Lutheran School (19 students)
  • January 19, 1975: Groundbreaking Unit 2
  • October 5, 1975: Dedication of the Christian Education Center
  • June 3, 1979: Dedication of Unit 3A
  • December 16, 1985: Groundbreaking for the New Nave
  • September 18, 1988: Dedication of the New Nave
  • September 19, 1999: Dedication of Sunrise House Adult Day Care Facility
  • May 5, 2001: Retirement of The Church Mortgage (Mortgage Burning)
  • December 10, 2002: Groundbreaking for the Atrium Connecting Space
  • May, 2005: Purchase of Property from Bill and Janet Rice
  • October 21, 2005: Installation of Nave Rose Window
  • October 30, 2005: Dedication of Atrium, Pastoral Leadership Center, and Land for Vision
  • September 23, 2007: Dedication of the Garden of the Saints
  • January 12, 2008: First Saturday Night Alive Service
  • December 8, 2010: Dedication of the Chapel of the Evangelists
  • July 10, 2011: Consecration Service for the Columbarium in the Garden of the Saints
  • June 7, 2015: Dedication of the New Willow Oaks Campus
  • December 19, 2015:¬† Our 50th Anniversary