St. Tim's new church building September 9, 1951
St. Tim’s new church building September 9, 1951

Land Acknowledgement:

We remember that this land belonged to and was taken from the Tiwa people. We are between the Isleta Pueblo, or Shiewhibak and Sandia Pueblo, or Tuf Shur Tia. We are grateful for the people who have always cared for this land.

St. Tim’s History:

St. Timothy’s Lutheran Church originated as a mission church started by St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. In the 1940’s soon after World War II, the Rev. Leland Soker realized that the rapid growth in Albuquerque was mostly happening on the east side. He recommended to the Synod that a church be established in the Northeast Heights. At that time St. Paul’s agreed with him and thus became the starting nucleus of the new congregation. During this process, St. Paul’s was part of the United Lutheran Church in America.

The physical history of St. Timothy’s began in the basement of a Texico Station. This building, facing Copper Street, was located on the northeast corner of Carlisle and Central is presently a “trading post”. Rev. Homer Berner, pastor and mission developer, arrived in August, 1947, to serve as the first pastor of St. Timothy’s. At this time, there were many firsts that occurred, i.e. the first congregational meeting, the first Christmas service, the first communion service, etc. the formal organization of the church occurred on May 23, 1948.

On September 9, 1951 the congregation moved into the new building on the corner of Jefferson and Copper NE. On May 19, 1968, a ground-breaking ceremony for the present sanctuary and community room was held.

Many changes have occurred at St. Timothy’s since 1940, a phenomenon that has taken place in many church congregations across our nation. God and His word remain the constant at St. Timothy’s.