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Great Commission Lutheran Church was born of necessity in September 2004. In a deliberate effort to train African American pastors for Lutheran congregations, Dr. Richard C. Dickinson and Dr. Frazier N. Odom worked in conjunction with what was then called the DELTO program of the Lutheran Church--Missouri Synod. The DELTO program demanded the students of the program do their internship in a congregation which has no pastor. Althou there were many such congregations in the St. Louis area, we could not find one that was willing to use the services of an African American theological studen vicar. Discussing this issue with District officials, it was suggested that Dr. Dickinson and Dr. Odom start a new congregation and staff it with the DELTO interns (Dr. Willie P. Stallworth, Sr., Vicar Dwight E. Dickinson, Sr. and Minister Albert Adams)
Having no place to worship, Great Commission rented space at the Salad Bowl Restaurant, 3949 Lindell Blvd., St. Louis, Mo 63108. THe fist caucus numbered about 36 members, but soon grew to fifty members during the time(almost a year) that Great Commission worshiped at the Salad Bowl Restaurant. Great COmmission's meetings, choir rehearsals and social affairs were held at the Lutheran Geriatric Car facility at 4351 Delmar Boulevard, St. Louis, Mo. 63108.
Great COmmissions' first major goal was to find a permanent place to worship. After searching over the entire city, the present location on the southeast corner of Dr. Martin Luther King and Newstead was chosen. It was a vacant Hardy's Restaurant, thus became the nick name "Hamber Church." after receiving a permit from the city to rehab the building, Great Communication had to gut the building and rehab it into a church sanctuary with offices. Great Commission had no maoney to pay contractors, so the congregation through "in-kind" services were able to get the job done through the leadership of Dr. Dickinson and Dr. Odom.
Great COmmission Began haveing worship service in August 2005. The dedication of the facility was on September 18, 2005, and under the inspiration and power of the Holy Spirit, Great COmmission was able to accomplish that which ever on had said was impossible.