Bishop James Dunlop

Bishop James S. DunlopGreetings and welcome to the website of the Lower Susquehanna Synod. We are one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The word “synod” comes from the Greek and means “walking together.” This is exactly what our Lower Susquehanna Synod does as more than 96,000 baptized disciples in 235 worshiping communities.

We are gathered and sent into the world to feed others in the name of Christ. You’ll find us in soup kitchens, and food pantries, at community events and potlucks, in neighborhoods, marketplaces, and on the job. We are deeply committed to feeding mind, body, and Spirit with the amazing grace and love of God.

Being “church” in changing times means collaborating, cooperating, equipping, and supporting–being deeply rooted in community and serving all who hunger for meaning and thirst for life-changing good news. We are not perfect people; we are broken yet redeemed, flawed but faithful, and loved by God to love and serve the world. There is a place for you among us and an ever-open door. Come check us out and be part of God’s 24/7/365 partnership to love and feed this hungry world.


The Rev. James S. Dunlop was elected to serve a six-year term as bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in June 2013. Bishop Dunlop was ordained in 2005, and served as pastor of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Littlestown, PA. He received the Master’s of Divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary Gettysburg in 2005, and the Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, from Gettysburg College in 1978. Bishop Dunlop and his wife, Connie, a Special Educator in the Northern York School District, have three adult children, all married, and five grandchildren.


Contact Bishop Dunlop:
(717) 652-1852, ext. 106
FAX: (717) 652-2504


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