Since the first rest home in Toowoomba in 1935 to now and beyond, Lutheran Services carries on each congregation’s tradition of caring. We exist to serve, striving to meet the needs of Queenslanders on their path to a good life.
A Queensland Lutheran congregation opens
Salem Lutheran Rest Home in Toowoomba.
The Lutheran Rest Home opens in Laidley, completing the vision of the Laidley congregation led by Lutheran Pastor Ernst Eckert and his wife Hedwig. It is renamed Tabeel in 1979.
Responding to growing need across south east Queensland, two synods work together to offer more services.
Trinder Park opened in 1969 at Woodridge, enabled by
a generous donation of land to the Lutheran Church in Queensland by local property developer “Pop” Trinder;
and the joint work of the members of 17 congregations across Logan and Brisbane.
Congregations establish more aged care services across South East Queensland and central Queensland, and
services for people with disabilities are also created:
- Orana Rest Home in Kingaroy
- Elizabeth Court in Nambour (later expanded and
- Trinity Workshop in Southport
- Keystone Disability Services in Woodridge.
A full-time Welfare Committee Coordinator is appointed to manage the growing number and types of services.
More services are opened by congregations
- Mary & Martha’s refuge begins offering shelter
for families fleeing domestic violence.
- Zion Aged Care at Nundah in Brisbane.
- The Biloela congregation combine with members of other local organisations such as Rotary, Quota, the Uniting Church and Presbyterian Church to build the Wahroonga Aged Care service.
- In 1988 Zion Gympie began its vision with four one- bedroom units built to accommodate aged and people with a disability.
As regulation of the aged care sector becomes more complex, and market forces increase, Lutheran Community Care is established to provide all services uniformity of governance, manage risk and to free congregation members to serve.
In recognition of our growing breadth of offerings and
the importance of connecting, Lutheran Community Care becomes Lutheran Services. While we developed a fresh look and feel and clarity of vision, our care remains the same.
Alondra Residences opens in Nundah opposite Zion Aged Care. This 52-apartment retirement village is the result of the St Paul’s congregation plans for a redevelopment of the Zion precinct.
into the future
Lutheran Services will continue to advance the dreams and hard work of our founding congregations by expanding our reach into communities and areas with the most need. At Lutheran Services, we unconditionally welcome all. We exist to serve. It is how we bring our Christian faith to life.