The Lutheran Center at Christ Church,
May 2013

About theLutheran Center
at Christ Church

More than 25 years ago, Christ Lutheran Church on Charles Street in Federal Hill found itself with few people in the pews but blessed with ownership of an entire city block of prime real estate along Light Street. The church could have closed its doors or sold the land- or both. Instead, with the visionary leadership of Rev. John Sabatelli, Christ Church sought to be relevant in the neighborhood. First they built a hospital on the corner of Charles and Lee Streets and much needed public parking garage. Later they built senior apartments along Light Street with spectacular views of the inner harbor on one side and a beautiful courtyard with a huge fountain and prayer labyrinth on the other.

The corner of Light and Hughes Streets remained a volley ball court until the late 1990’s until Rev. Sabatelli invited Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and Lutheran World Relief, then headquartered in New York City, to relocate to Baltimore and build the Lutheran Center.

By being a blessing to the community, the church has been blessed exponentially. Today, Christ Church is a vibrant congregation of hundreds of families. Still committed to making a local impact, Christ Church strives to welcome, educate, and serve the needs of members and the surrounding community.