Evangelical Lutheran Church – Synod of France and Belgium
For logistical reasons in 2008, the Evangelical Lutheran Church - Synod of France and Belgium divided into two separate synods: the Evangelical Lutheran Church - Synod of France, (French: Église Évangélique Luthérienne Synode de France, or EEL-SF) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Belgium, (Evangelisch-Lutherse Kerk in België, or ELKB). Both are confessional Lutheran church bodies in France and in Belgium respectively. Over a dozen parishes belong to the two synods.
Both the EEL-SF and ELKB are members of the European Lutheran Conference. They are also members of the International Lutheran Council, of which the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod of North America is also a member.
The EEL-SFB formed in 1927 by congregations founded during the 19th century when people left the Protestant Church of Augsburg Confession of Alsace and Lorraine for doctrinal reasons. Outreach started before and after World War 2. The Synod supports francophone churches in Central Africa and is involved in leadership training in West Africa. It currently has 957 baptized members in France.
For logistical reasons in 2008, the Evangelical Lutheran Church - Synod of France and Belgium divided into two separate synods: the Evangelical Lutheran Church - Synod of France, (French: Église Évangélique Luthérienne Synode de France, or EEL-SF) and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Belgium, or Evangelisch-Lutherse Kerk in België (ELKB).
The EEL-SFB is associated with the media outreach "L'Heure Luthérienne" (site: www.mediachrist.com), a spinoff from Lutheran Hour Ministries.
The EEL-SFB established a congregation in Burgdorf, Switzerland near Bern in 2010. In November 2014, the EEL-SFB officially established altar and pulpit fellowship with the Lutherische Bekenntniskirche in der Schweiz (LBKS) also known as Eglise Luthérienne Libre en Suisse or Iglesia Confesional Luterana en Suiza. Bahnhofstrasse 12, Burgdorf, Switzerland. On August 28, 2017, the EEL-SFB participated in the start of an LBKS mission at Mettmenstetten near Zürich.
The ELKB partners with the "Eglise Luthérienne Malgache" (Lutheran Church of Madagascar). Services are mostly in Malagasy with parts in French.
- 2004–2008 Jean Thiéaut Haessig
After 2008, see EEL-SF or ELKB
Gijsbertus van Hattem is the current president of the ELKB.
- ???–present Gijsbertus van Hattem
Martin Jautzy is the current president of the EEL-SF.
- 2008–2012 François Poillet
- 2012–2016 Roger Jones
- 2016–present Martin Jautzy
List of ELKB Congregations
List of EEL-SF Congregations
Heiligenstein. Bas-Rhin. Pr. Schaeffer. 28 rue Principale. email@example.com
Lembach. Bas-Rhin. Pr Heintz. 6 rue du Maire Dielmann. firstname.lastname@example.org
La Petite Pierre. Bas-Rhin. Pr Jautzy. 39 rue Kirchberg (maison de Retraite). email@example.com
Schillersdorf. Bas-Rhin. Pr Jautzy. 16 rue Principale. firstname.lastname@example.org
Beaussais. Deux-Sèvres Pr. Amilhat. Temple 79370. email@example.com
- EEL-SF website
- ELKB page on International Lutheran Council website
- LBKS website
- LBKS website
- LBKS website