With 234 churches and over 89,000 baptized members, our synod is one of the largest of the 65 synods in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the fifth largest Protestant denomination in the United States.
It might make the concept of “synod” a little clearer if you think of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America as our “country,” with the 65 synods being the “states.” Just as states are divided into counties, so our synod is divided geographically into conferences. Our churches would be the equivalent to a city or town.
You are Welcome Here!
In the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the ELCA we feed the hungry as we have been fed by Christ. We welcome with full participation and inclusion all who are seeking God’s love and grace. We welcome all because God welcomes all, regardless of race or culture, sexual orientation, gender identity, or relationship status. We welcome all without regard to addictions, physical or mental health, imprisonment, socio-economic circumstances or anything that too often divides us. Our unity is in Jesus Christ.
900 S. Arlington Avenue, Suite 220B
Harrisburg, PA 17109
FAX: (717) 652-2504
Congregations/Worshiping Communities: 235
Baptized Membership: 98,333
Confirmed Members: 77,358
Average Sunday Attendance: 25,129
Pastors: 413 (182 are retired)
Deaconesses, Certified Associates in Ministry, and Diaconal Ministers: 34 (12 are retired)
Bishop: The Rev. James S. Dunlop
Counties in Synod: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Fulton, Franklin, Lebanon, Lancaster, Perry, York
Companion Synod: Konde Diocese, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania
Partner Synod: Northern Illinois Synod, ELCA
Spiritual Retreat Center: The Wittel Farm-House of Prayer in Elizabethtown
2014 Synodical Budget: $3.3 million
LOWER SUSQUEHANNA SYNOD
900 South Arlington Avenue, Suite 220B Harrisburg, PA 17109
(717) 652-1852 (800) 692-7282 (PA Only) Fax: (717) 652-2504