1979 Pastor G. Duane Johnson begins work as Pastor/Developer and visits over 5,000 homes announcing the beginning of a new church. 7 individuals form a Steering Committee: (1) Larry Kumbier, (2,3) Lee and Richard Wheeler, (4) Bill Woolston, (5) Jean Irwin, (6) Walter Ford and (7) Barbara Mayer
1980 Hold 1st first worship service at a local YMCA. with 121 present. Superintendent Jim Hamilton begins Sunday school classes. Gloria Dei Lutheran Church is officially recognized as self-sustaining congregation – 128 persons sign charter roll. Install Pastor Johnson as Pastor of GDLC.
1983 Break ground at 1333 Beltline Road for construction of the first unit.
1984 Hold festive celebration and dedicate of the first unit. This adds additional 6300 feet of space, providing a multi-purpose worship area, classrooms and an office.
1991 Groundbreaking for the new education/fellowship building, added parking facilities, and an expanded office area. Perform dedication rites after completion of this expansion.
1995 Name the education/fellowship building “Johnson Hall” in honor of Pastor and Jan Johnson. After 16 years of work with Gloria Dei, Pastor Johnson begins retiring. Pastor Bernard Kern serving as interim until 1996
1996 Install Pastor Charles H. Hubbard, Jr. as pastor of GDLC congregation.
2001 Gloria Dei Nights Coffee Haus opens its doors as a community outreach project.
2002 In conjunction with Garland ISD, weekly ESL Classes open as a community outreach project. The response is so overwhelming that we run out of space, but the program continues at another – larger – location.
2003 Begin revamping church grounds to lower water use and focus on other “Green” conservation efforts.
2004 Dei-Light Celebration Band begins playing modern selections in addition to traditional music; this evolves into a 2nd, more contemporary, service.
2005 Gloria Dei celebrates 25 years of mission and ministry to the Garland area.
2007 Thrust towards stewardship results in refinancing mortgage and changing water use of church-grounds. Community outreach efforts see installation of labyrinth, garden seating areas and permanent basketball court on parking lot.
2008 We celebrate our first Commissioning Ceremony honoring Dolly and her owner as a Registered Pet Partner Team and begin an annual trip to provide volunteer support to Best Friends. Several members of our congregation travel to Mexico to help build a new home for a family in need.
2009 A New Leash on Life networking organization is formed in September to continue our work to honor and cherish all of God´s creatures. We return to Mexico to help build another home.
2010 We celebrate our 30th year of service to the community. In October, Gloria Dei holds it´s first Blessing of Animals; honoring the unique bond between man and beast.
2014 This year has just begun and we’ve continued our community outreach efforts in many ways: Low Cost Vaccine Clinic for pets; Commissioning Ceremony for Therapy Dogs; Affordable Care Act Consulting and Sign Up, Retirement Planning Session.