The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) shares a living, daring confidence in God’s unlimited love and grace. For us, as the ELCA, this love is revealed through the words and actions of Jesus Christ and gives us the freedom to discover and boldly participate in what God is up to in the world. We welcome you to join this community of faith! There is a place for you here!
The ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with more than 3.8 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region. Known as the church of “God’s work. Our hands,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians and service in the world. The ELCA’s roots are in the writings of the German church reformer, Martin Luther.
The Southwestern Washington Synod is one geographical district of the ELCA. The English word synod comes from two Greek words syn + hodos that mean “common road.” A synod is the people of the congregations and other ministries traveling the way of faith together. There are 65 synods in the ELCA that are grouped into nine regions.
The Southwestern Washington Synod is made up of 87 congregations with approximately 30,000 members. We also include important Lutheran ministries such as Pacific Lutheran University, Lutheran Community Services NW, and the Tacoma Lutheran Retirement Community. Our geographical area includes all of Western Washington from Federal Way/Auburn south to the Washington-Oregon border and all of the Olympic Peninsula and the Pacific coast.
Giving thanks for the new life that Christ gives us, we are a community of faith that shares a passion for bringing life in all its fullness to the world. Through worship, service and education, we practice our faith, grow in our relationship with God, and make positive changes in the world.