Lutheran Church of the Reformation Wins National Preservation Award

Rev. Michael Wilker of the Lutheran Church of the Reformation greets a baby in this 2017 file photo. Courtesy: Lutheran Church of the Reformation

The National Fund for Sacred Places, a program of Partners for Sacred Places and the National Trust for Historic Preservation, have selected the Lutheran Church of the Reformation as one of 17 congregations nationwide to participate in a national historic grant-making program that supports capital building projects. The congregation will use awarded funds for its “Reformation Anniversary Campaign,” a capital effort to restore the church’s 1934 Art Deco building. Projects will address infrastructure needs such as interior and exterior lighting, façade restoration, fire and electrical safety, ceiling repair and accessibility.

Reformation shares its building with many Capitol Hill institutions including the Folger Shakespeare Library, Capitol Hill Chorale, DC Different Drummers, River Park Nursery School and Hill Havurah. It also hosts three Scout troops, four weekly AA meetings and a variety of other small groups. Reformation ministers to youth and adults. It runs own Food Pantry that serves about 3,000 people a year.