Evangelical Lutheran Church (United States)

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The Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC) was an Lutheran denomination that existed from 1917, when it was founded as the Norwegian Lutheran Church of America (NLCA), until 1960, when it joined two other church bodies to form the American Lutheran Church.


The Norwegian Lutheran Church of America was formed by merger of the Hauge Synod (est. 1876), the Norwegian Synod (est. 1853), and the United Norwegian Lutheran Church of America (est. 1890). The NLCA changed its name to The Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELC) in 1946. In 1960, the ELC joined with other Lutheran churches to form the American Lutheran Church. This coalescence of Lutheran churches continued into recent times, with the ALC joining others to form the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) in 1988.

Colleges associated with the ELC[edit]

ELC seminary[edit]

Presidents of the ELC[edit]

Conventions of the ELC[edit]

From 1917 to 1926 a general convention was held triennially. There was need of holding several extraordinary conventions, so beginning in 1928 (called the 8th) it was held biennially with the general convention always falling on the even numbered years. Voting members of the conventions were pastors who were currently serving congregations of the Church, and one lay representative from each parish consisting of one congregation and two representatives from each parish consisting of two or more congregations.

  • Organizing convention, 1917, Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1st extraordinary, 1918, Fargo, North Dakota
  • 1st general convention, 1920, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2nd extraordinary convention, 1922, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 2nd general convention, 1923, Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 3rd extraordinary convention, 1925, Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 3rd general convention, 1926, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 8th general convention, 1928, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 9th general convention, 1930, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 10th general convention, 1932, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 11th general convention, 1934, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 12th general convention, 1936, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 13th general convention, 1938, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 14th general convention, 1940, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 15th general convention, 1942, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 16th general convention, 1944, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 17th general convention, 1946, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 18th general convention, 1948, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 19th general convention, 1950, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 20th general convention, 1952, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 21st general convention, 1954, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 22nd general convention, 1956, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 23rd general convention, 1958, Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 24th general convention, 1960, Minneapolis, Minnesota

See also[edit]


  • Nelson, E. Clifford, Norsemen on the Prairies. America's Lutherans (ed. Omar Bonderud and Charles Lutz. Columbus, OH: Wartburg Press. 1958. page 20-23)
  • Nelson, E. Clifford, and Fevold, Eugene L., The Lutheran Church among Norwegian-Americans: a History of the Evangelical Lutheran Church (Minneapolis. MN: Augsburg Publishing House, 1960)

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