Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches

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Denominational Profile

History

Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Synod of the United States of America

renamed toSynod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (1902)

merged intoLutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS)

Lutherans from Czechoslovakia began to migrate to the United States in the 1870s and early congregations were formed in Illinois, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. Attempts to organize began in the 1890s, and the Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Synod was finally established at Connellsville, Pennsylvania, in 1902. It merged into the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in 1971.

Membership Data

Year Clergy Churches Members
1946 - 56 20,866
1949 - 64 21,211
1950 58 59 18,870
1951 54 59 20,244
1952 7 59 20,562
1955 49 58 16,474
1957 58 59 18,003
1958 56 59 19,931
1960 59 54 8,531
1961 57 50 19,802
1962 57 53 19,184
1964 63 65 21,656

Data were taken from the National Council of Churches' Historic Archive CD and recent editions of the Yearbook of American and Canadian Churches. Denomination descriptions provided by Dr. J. Gordon Melton, Director, Institute for the Study of American Religion (ISAR). [More information on data sources]