St. Luke’s is located in a charming town that is also home to a nationally ranked liberal arts college.
Nestled in the rolling hills of Central Ohio, Granville is a quaint New England-style town known for its vibrant downtown, walkability, and historic architecture. St. Luke’s Church is one of more than 100 of the town's buildings listed on the National Historic Registry.
Granville is located 35 miles east of Columbus, Ohio—the state capital and fourteenth largest city in the United States. An international airport, vibrant cultural events, and great restaurants are only a short drive away.
Granville Exempted Village School District, with its elementary, intermediate, middle, and high schools, is consistently ranked among Ohio’s top public school districts. More than 80% of Granville School’s teaching staff hold a master’s degree or higher and over 85% of students go on to attend four-year institutions.
Granville is a highly livable community with an enviable standard of living, plentiful recreational and cultural activities, and a strong economy. Median annual household income exceeds $100,000 (nearly double that of average households across the U.S.). Employment stability is offered by Granville’s two largest employers—Denison University and the Granville Exempted School District.
St. Luke’s is one of four “corner” churches in Granville. Ecumenical services, such as the ones offered at Thanksgiving and at Easter, provide opportunities for parishioners, university students, clergy and choirs to gather together in faith. St. Luke's has been the recipient of the support and caring of other religious and secular institutions and organizations in our community. Most notably, when our church was closed for more than a year because of severe storm damage, Denison University allowed us to worship in the University’s Swasey Chapel.
Denison University, home to 2,000 undergraduates, is central to the intellectual and economic life of the community. A highly selective, nationally ranked liberal arts college, Denison supports students in becoming critical thinkers and active, informed citizens through its global academic programs, off-campus studies, as well as its diverse student body and faculty. A number of Denison faculty and staff claim membership at St. Luke’s and the community-at-large benefits from the cultural and intellectual vibrancy Denison offers.
Located on the hill overlooking the village, Denison offers intellectual and cultural activities including music, theatre, and dance performances, as well as nationally known speakers and performers including Bobby McFerrin, Yoyo Ma, and Bela Fleck. The college’s soon-to-open Eisner Center for the Performing Arts will provide even more opportunities for arts and entertainment.
St. Luke’s is a presence on the Denison campus through the Canterbury Club, as well as through our Choral Scholars program, which employs between four and six music students to sing with our adult choir.
A BEAUTIFUL SETTING, AN ENGAGING COMMUNITY
The beauty of the surrounding rural area is unsurpassed. Must-see areas for nature-lovers include the including Flint Ridge State Memorial Park, Blackhand Gorge, Dawes Arboretum, Denison’s Biological Reserve and the fourteen-mile T.J. Evans Bike Trail. Our community offers local cultural touchpoints including Concerts on the Green, Heisey Wind Ensemble, and Welsh Hills Symphony Orchestra.
The natural beauty of Licking County, the high quality of education available in our community, and our location close to Columbus make Granville a superb place to live.