Our 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 C.E.O. Ray Bolland.

In September 1980, members of Mission Lutheran Church moved to a new temporary facility at the Holcomb Grange Hall on East 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 Rev. Martin Heinicke was installed as pastor. Although the congregation continued to worship at the Grange Hall for the next five years, committees had been formed in 1981 to begin the process of planning for their own facility.

The LCMS 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 since 1992 has served the community well under the direction of Sandy Edmondson. In 1990, Beginning Years Preschool was added, offering classes for 3 and 4 year olds during the school year.  Classes are taught by Chris Eden, a graduate of Concordia University, Portland.

Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church has called several pastors since its beginning: Rev. Martin Heinicke, (1980 – 1989); Rev. Timothy Krieger, (1989 – April 30, 2000); Rev. Howard Barth, (2001 – 2011); Rev. Joshua Hower, (2012 – 2017), Rev. Dennis J. Durham (2019 – current).