Evansville Lutheran School

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Evansville Lutheran School
111 East Virginia Street
Evansville, Indiana, Vanderburgh County 47711
United States
Coordinates 37°58′52″N 87°33′42″W / 37.981137°N 87.561752°W / 37.981137; -87.561752Coordinates: 37°58′52″N 87°33′42″W / 37.981137°N 87.561752°W / 37.981137; -87.561752
Type Lutheran, Parochial
Established 1971
Principal Tony Shull
Faculty 13
Grades K-8
Enrollment 184 (2013-2014)
Campus Urban
Athletics Basketball, Volleyball, Cheerleading, Cross Country, Track and Field

Evansville Lutheran School was founded in 1971, as Evansville's first parochial Lutheran school. The school is based on the ideas and concepts of Martin Luther. Originally the school was divided into two sections: the Early Childhood Campus "ECC", holding K-4 and the Middle Upper Grade Campus "MUG", holding 5–8.

Today the school holds all 189 students in their original "ECC" campus, located on Virginia St. The school was created by three LCMS churches including, St. Paul's Lutheran Church (LCMS), Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, and Trinity Lutheran Church. The school is in basketball LIT tournaments and is known for its excellent music program. The school teaches students to honor God in the terms of Martin Luther.

As for sports, the school offers basketball, cheerleading, soccer and volleyball. The school has also developed a program for younger children who are interested in learning basketball, called the Lutheran Developmental League, teaching children in grades K-4 the sport of basketball.

The school colors are purple and gold, which represents royalty and their mascot is a ruling monarch.


The LCMS endorses the doctrine of close or closed communion [1] — the policy of sharing the Lord's Supper ordinarily only with those who are baptized and confirmed members of one of the congregations of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod or of a congregation of one of her sister churches with whom she has formally declared altar and pulpit fellowship. There are a variety of ways in which Missouri Synod congregations put close(d) communion into practice, most often asking visitors to speak with the pastor before coming to that congregation's altar for the first time. Fellowship in the Lord's Supper explains more regarding this practice.

The Missouri Synod's original Constitution indicates that one of its purposes is to strive toward uniformity in practice, while also encouraging responsible and doctrinally-sound diversity. The synod requires that hymns, songs, liturgies, and practices be in harmony with the Bible and Book of Concord. Historically, worship in Missouri Synod congregations is orthodox and liturgical, utilizing a printed order of service and hymnal, accompanied by a pipe organ or other classical instrumentation. In recent years, some congregations have adopted a variety of less-formal worship styles, employing contemporary Christian music, pianos, guitars, and other instruments. This has caused some contention in the church body since it has a decidedly liturgical heritage. The recent publication of Lutheran Service Book and its widespread reception shows the strength of liturgical life in the parishes of the Synod.

The Missouri Synod teaches that the ordination of women as clergy is contrary to scripture. The issue of women's roles in the church body has continued to be a subject of great debate within the Synod. Women received the right to suffrage within Missouri Synod congregations in 1969, and it was affirmed at the Synod's 2004 convention that women may also "serve in humanly established offices" as long as those offices do not include any of the "distinctive functions of the pastoral office." Thus in many congregations of the LCMS, women now serve as congregation president or chairperson, readers, ushers, etc.

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Andy Benes '77 Professional baseball player for the major leagues
  • Alan Benes '75 Professional baseball player for the major leagues


  1. ^ Christian Cyclopedia s.v. "Close Communion." (St. Louis:Concordia Publishing House; Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, 2000, 2006).

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