St. Luke the Evangelist was officially founded in 2002 by local families to provide a pan-Orthodox Christian witness to the east side of the greater Cleveland metropolitan area. There are over two dozen Orthodox parishes in the Cleveland metropolitan area, but almost all of them are located either in central Cleveland or on the West side.
During 2005, St. Luke committed to building a permanent church by purchased six acres of undeveloped property. The property is three miles south of Chagrin Falls on the northwest corner of S. Franklin St. and Chagrin River Rd.
In November 2008, Fr. Matthew Thurman was sent to St. Luke as its first full-time priest. Since his arrival, St. Luke has undertaken an active effort to develop its community life. The Church has a regular adult study opportunities, an established Church School program, and several fellowship and outreach opportunities for members and inquirers.
St. Luke moved to its current location in Chagrin Falls during the summer of 2010. Up to this point in the life of the community, St. Luke had been a "Sunday Liturgy only" community. With the advent of acquiring its own dedicated space, St. Luke has been able to offer the full cycle of regular services and activities to the surrounding community.
In the summer of 2012, St. Luke was granted full parish status by the Archdiocese.
St. Luke’s began a new chapter in 2016 by actively planning to build a permanent church on it’s property in the next few years. A formal capital campaign and building program are slated to begin in 2017.