The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (commonly known as the Suomi Synod) was established in 1890.
The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America was defined more by its Finnish ethnic origin than by any specific theological strain. In 1896, the church established Suomi College and Theological Seminary (now called Finlandia University) in Hancock, Michigan. It was one of the Lutheran church bodies that merged into the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) in 1962. At that time, the FELC had 25,000 members in 79 congregations, and was the smallest of LCA's founding church bodies. The Lutheran Church in America was party to the merger that created the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1988.