About Us

With 234 churches and over 86,000 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.

Synod Office
900 S. Arlington Avenue, Suite 220B
Harrisburg, PA 17109
(717) 652-1852
FAX: (717) 652-2504

Web site: www.lss-elca.org
or Contact the Synod Communication Specialist

Congregations/Worshiping Communities: 234

Baptized Membership: 86,136

Confirmed Members: 68,161

Average Sunday Attendance: 20,988

Ministers of Word and Sacrament: 404 (183 are retired)

Ministers of Word and Service (deacons): 36 (16 are retired)

Bishop: The Rev. James S. Dunlop

Conferences: 14

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

2017 Synodical Budget: $2.7 million

900 South Arlington Avenue, Suite 220B Harrisburg, PA 17109
(717) 652-1852 (800) 692-7282 (PA Only) Fax: (717) 652-2504