Florida-Georgia District (LCMS)

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The Florida-Georgia District encompasses the states of Georgia and Florida, with the exception of the Florida Panhandle. It also includes the only LCMS congregation in the Bahamas. The district office is located in Orlando, Florida.

The Florida-Georgia District is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), and encompasses the states of Georgia and Florida, with the exception of the Florida Panhandle which is part of the Southern District; in addition, four Florida congregations and two Georgia congregations are in the non-geographic English District, and four more Florida congregations are in the non-geographic SELC District. The Florida-Georgia District includes approximately 203 congregations and missions, subdivided into 22 circuits, as well as 45 preschools, 35 elementary schools and 2 high schools. Baptized membership in district congregations is approximately 63,000. [1]

The Florida-Georgia District was formed in 1948 out of the Southern District, with a number of Georgia congregations also moving from the Southeastern District. District offices are located in Orlando, Florida. Delegates from each congregation meet in convention every three years to elect the district president, vice presidents, circuit counselors, a board of directors, and other officers. The Rev. Greg Walton has been the district president since 2009, and was re-elected to a second term in 2012. [2] The 30th Regular Convention was held June 12–14, 2009 under the theme "The Love of Christ urges us on," based on 2 Cor. 5:14). [3] The 31st Regular Convention was held June 22–24, 2012 in Lake Mary, FL with the theme "Stewards of God's Grace: Empowered by the Word". [4]

Presidents[edit]

  • Rev. Conrad F. Kellermann, 1948–57
  • Rev. Frederick W. Lorberg, 1957–63
  • Rev. August Bernthal, 1963–74
  • Rev. L. Lloyd Behnken, 1974–87 (died in office)
  • Rev. Thomas R. Zehnder, 1987–97
  • Rev. Edgar Trinklein, 1997
  • Rev. Gerhard C. Michael, Jr., 1997–2009
  • Rev. Greg Walton, 2009–present

Oldest congregations[edit]

Largest congregations[edit]

Membership totals include all baptized members and are according to the LCMS website.

Only congregation in Bahamas: Nassau Lutheran Church, Nassau, Bahamas, 1962

Links to other congregations[edit]

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