History

Beautiful Savior started as a small group from St. Paul’s Lutheran Church. Under the name Mission Lutheran Church, their first worship service was held on June 4, 1980 at the Pacific Empire Insurance Building courtesy of CEO Ray Bolland.

In September 1980, members of Mission Lutheran Church moved to a new temporary facility at the Holcomb Grange Hall on E. Boise Avenue after the Trustees searched for facilities in southeast Boise.

On October 19, 1980, Charter Sunday was held with 185 in attendance and 95 people signing the Constitution. In 1981 application for synodical affiliation was approved and Pastor Martin Heinicke was installed as pastor. Although the congregation continued to worship at the Grange Hall for the next five years, already in 1981 committees were formed to begin the process of planning for our own facility.

The Northwest District had purchased property in southeast Boise in the late 1970s, and the congregation purchased five acres of the site.  Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on November 4, 1984, and construction began immediately.

In October 1985, Beginning Years Day Care opened and has served the community well under the direction of Sandy Edmondson since 1992. In 1990 the Beginning Years Pre-school was added, offering classes for 3 and 4 year olds during the school year and is being taught by Chris Eden, a graduate of Concordia, Portland.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church has called several pastors since its beginning: Martin Heinicke, pastor from 1980 to 1989; Timothy Krieger, pastor from 1989 to April 30, 2000; Howard Barth, pastor from 2001 to 2011; Joshua Hower, pastor from 2012 to 2017.