Indiana District (LCMS)

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The Indiana District is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS), encompassing the state of Indiana and most of western Kentucky; the remainder of Kentucky is divided between the Mid-South District and the Ohio District. However, one Kentucky congregation and ten Indiana congregations are in the non-geographic English District, and two congregations in Lake County are in the SELC District. The Indiana District is home to Concordia Theological Seminary in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and includes approximately 236 congregations and missions, subdivided into 24 circuits, as well as 53 preschools, 49 elementary schools and 3 high schools. Baptized membership in district congregations is approximately 110,000.[1]

The Indiana District was formed in 1963 when the Central District was divided, also creating the Ohio District. District offices are located in Fort Wayne. 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. Daniel P. May has been the district president since 2003, and was re-elected to a fifth term in 2015. The 21st Regular Convention was held June 25–26, 2015 in Fort Wayne.


  • Rev. Edgar C. Rakow, 1963–70
  • Rev. Elwood H. Zimmermann, 1970–88
  • Rev. Reuben Garber, 1988–91
  • Rev. Timothy E. Sims, 1991–2003
  • Rev. Daniel P. May, 2003–present

Oldest congregations[edit]

Saint Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church, the oldest church in the Indiana District.

Oldest in Kentucky: Concordia Lutheran Church, Louisville, Kentucky, 1878

Largest congregations[edit]

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


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