St. David’s was founded in 1952 with 111 members and a temporary location on Annapolis Road. The Reverend Lester W. Stoneback was officially installed as Pastor in June of that year. Groundbreaking at its current location at Academy Road and Holme Ave occurred in January, 1954. The church continued to grow and flourish, as did the surrounding neighborhoods. In 1966, the Educational Wing was built. St. David’s celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 1977 by burning the mortgage for the Education Building. Pastor Stoneback also retired served the church for 25 years. The Reverend Arden L. Krych, who served until 1991, accepted a synodical appointment. His replacement was the Reverend Kevin V. Hilgendorf.
Pastor Hilgendorf retired in November 2016. With a fond farewell and send off to Pastor Kevin, St. David’s has completed three of a four Phase Pastoral Transition Process and we are in the Call Process. We are a church in transition. Transition is an opportunity to “fine tune” goals, reflect on the past and get ready for the future. We have submitted our Mission Site Profile to the Synod and are in the process of interviewing candidates. At this time, we have a bridge pastor, Pastor David Maddox, who will provide us with Sunday and Wednesday services and pastoral care until we call a new pastor.
St. David’s is a congregation of 150 people and has a service that is suited for everyone: A traditional Lutheran Book of Worship Service at 8:30am Sunday, the Adult Sunday School at 9:20 am and the Children’s School and the contemporary Rejoice Service at 10:30 am, which includes live band music.
For those unable to make it on Sundays, there is also an evening service at 7:30 pm on Wednesdays.
From the beginning, Saint David’s congregation has been committed to contributing to our community. Some of the Agencies and Outreach that are supported by the congregation are: Aid for Friends, Lutheran Charities, Lutheran Disaster Response, Feast of Justice Ministries, Feast Incarnate, Lydia’s Closet, Navajo Mission, Rhawnhurst Turning Point, Philadelphia Silver Springs – Martin Luther School, Crop Walk, SEKUco and Interfaith Hospitality.
As forgiven people of God, we, the family of St. David’s, believe in Jesus Christ. Through Word and Sacrament, we are called to grow in unconditional love, which is God’s grace. In gratitude, through the Holy Spirit, we will worship, teach, witness, serve and advocate for justice in our community. Together, we will support this mission through prayer and the generous sharing of our resources.
- The website for the Southeastern PA Synod. www.ministrylink.org
- Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s page. www.elca.org
- Aid For Friends – www.aidforfriends.org
- Feast Incarnate – www.uniluphila.org/SocialMinistry/Feast.dsp
- Crop Walk – www.cwscrop.org/pennsylvania
- Lutheran Charities – www.lutherancharities.org
- Lutheran Disaster Response – www.ldr.org
- SEKUCo – www.ministrylink.org/sekuco/default.aspx
- Rhawnhurst Turning Point rhawnhurstturningpoint.com
- Some light reading about the guy who started this whole Lutheran thing: Martin Luther
Organizations that meet at Saint David’s:
Sunday – NA Keys to Freedom 7:00 pm (Al Carr 215- 289-1031)
Monday – NA To Live Again 8:00 pm (Jordy London – 215-260-4185)
Tuesday – AIM (Angel in Motion) meets the 2nd & 3rd Tuesday of each month 7:00PM
(Carol Rostucher 215-501-3357)