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Our History

In the last century, Lutheran congregations all over Queensland established aged care homes and other community services, responding to the call to serve their communities.

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.

front of salem rest home 1935

Highlights

1935

A Queensland Lutheran congregation opens
Salem Lutheran Rest Home in Toowoomba.

back of salem with matron hanley and mr henrickson 1935

Salem’s first Matron, Margaret Hanley with one of the first residents, Mr Henrickson.

1954

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.

pastor ernst eckert and mrs hedwig eckert

Pastor Ernst Eckert and his wife, Mrs Hedwig Eckert.

lutheran rest home 1954

Lutheran Rest Home in Laidley when it opened.

1960s

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.

Pop and Nan Trinder

Pop and Nan Trinder.

1970s

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
    named Graceville)
  • Trinity Workshop in Southport
  • Keystone Disability Services in Woodridge.
trinity activity centre

Newspaper clippings about opening of the “Trinity Activity Centre”.

1980s

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.
1988 zion opening

Zion Aged Care opening in 1988 in Nundah.

1990s

The 1990s sees the fruition of years of work by
congregations in various SEQ regions opening aged
care and retirement living services.

  • Immanuel Gardens Retirement Living and
    Aged Care in Buderim in 1990.
  • Teviot Villas was opened in Boonah in 1992.
  • St Paul’s Retirement Living and Aged Care
    is opened in 1994.
  • St Andrews Retirement Living and Aged Care
    is also opened in 1994.
  • The congregation in Caboolture enters a partnership
    with the Regional Extended Family Service to help
    young people and their families who are in need.
    In 2007 this service is re-imagined and renamed
    Intercept Youth and Family Services.
1990s IG opening
people sitting outside

Opening of Immanuel Gardens.

1999

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.

lutheran community care

2017

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.

lutheran services logo

2019

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.

alondra residences retirement village

Today and
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.