University Lutheran: Full Steam Ahead!

It’s official. After all the work leading up to the sale of ULu’s Chauncey Hill location and the purchase of the former Exponent building—now the University Lutheran Building—at 460 Northwestern Avenue, all that remained was signing more than a few official documents at two separate property closings. We are thrilled to announce that we were able to close on the property at Chauncey Hill on April 28 and at Northwestern Avenue on May 1—both without a hitch!

Artist's rendering of concepts for the sanctuary at the new University Lutheran Church on Northwestern Avenue.

Artist’s rendering of concepts for the sanctuary at the new University Lutheran Church on Northwestern Avenue.

Throughout the process, Steve Strauch, Lutheran Church Extension Fund district vice president, has seen the hand of God at work in multiple ways. “There’s no doubt in my mind that this is what we are supposed to be doing,” says Steve, who has felt that assurance at each step along the way. “Every time we got close to thinking it wouldn’t work out, or we thought we had encountered a problem we might not be able to step over,” says Steve, “a new opportunity opened up, and the deal became much better in our benefit.”

For ULu pastor Justin Herman, the closings mark a change from a “what if” stage to an action phase. “We now have direction and can clearly think about the future that God has laid out before us,” says Pastor Herman. “Now we can begin to focus on how we can use the building. It’s a time when dreams can be shaped and formed.”

From here, the relocation process is really picking up steam, with redevelopment construction beginning in June. Initial efforts will focus on the third-floor sanctuary, which will feature a modern look with completely custom-sculpted sanctuary furniture. “It will be very light and airy,” says Steve. “It’s designed to be very inviting and unique to the ULu ministry.” Stay tuned for more details about the sanctuary, along with construction updates, as #ULuOnTheMove progresses this summer.