List of Lutheran denominations in North America

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Over 40 different Lutheran denominations currently exist in North America. However, most North American Lutherans belong to one of the three largest denominations, namely, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, or the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod.

Active denominations[edit]


Defunct denominations[edit]

Most of the now-defunct North American Lutheran denominations merged or were absorbed into larger bodies. The following is an incomplete list.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Church Relations - Resources".
  2. ^ "General Lutheran Church". Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  3. ^ "Illinois Lutheran Conference".
  4. ^ "Independent Lutheran Diocese".
  5. ^ "LCCF - Faith followed by Confession - Home".
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-28. Retrieved 2010-08-25.

Further reading[edit]

  • Arand, Charles P, and Robert Kolb, eds. The Lutheran Confessions: History and Theology of the Book of Concord (2012)
  • Bodensieck, Julius, ed. The encyclopedia of the Lutheran Church (3 vol 1965) vol 1 and 3 online free
  • Brauer, James Leonard and Fred L. Precht, eds. Lutheran Worship: History and Practice (1993)
  • Brug, John F., Fredrich II, Edward C., Schuetze, Armin W., WELS and Other Lutherans. Milwaukee: Northwestern Publishing House, 1995. ISBN 0-8100-0543-3.
  • Granquist, Mark. Lutherans in America: A New History (2015)
  • Meyer, Carl S. Moving Frontiers: Readings in the History of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod (1986)
  • Roeber, A. G. Palatines, Liberty, and Property: German Lutherans in Colonial British America (1998)
  • Wengert, Timothy J. and Mark Granquist, eds. Dictionary of Luther and the Lutheran Traditions (2017)
  • Wiederaenders, Robert C., Historical Guide to Lutheran Church Bodies of North America, 2nd Edition Saint Louis: Lutheran Historical Conference, 1998.

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