Montana Synod (ELCA)

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Montana Synod
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Country United States
Territory Montana plus part of Wyoming
Headquarters Great Falls, Montana
Congregations 128[1]
Members 35,985 (baptized, 2014)[1]
Denomination Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
Established 1988
Current leadership
Bishop Jessica Crist
A map of the northwest US and Alaska showing the ELCA synods of Region 1

The Montana Synod (ELCA) is a synod, or diocese, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). It encompasses state of Montana and four churches in Wyoming and supports congregational mission throughout the region.

Jessica Crist was elected Bishop of the Montana Synod in 2007.[2] Crist is the first woman to become a bishop in the Montana Synod, ELCA. Crist succeeded Richard R. Omland, who had served the synod as bishop since 2001. Omland did not seek reelection. She also serves as an officer of the synod council which is the governing body of the synod between assemblies. It is composed of the Bishop and 20 members elected at-large as well as from each of the 12 synodical geographic regions called clusters. There are one-hundred and twnety eight Lutheran congregations in the synod.[3]

The ELCA has partnered its synods with other regions throughout the world and the companion synod for Montana is the Bolivian Evangelical Lutheran Church.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b "Your Synod at a Glance: Montana" (PDF). ELCA. Retrieved 24 November 2016. 
  2. ^ "Jessica Crist Elected Bishop of ELCA Montana Synod". ELCA News Service. 2007-06-05. Retrieved 2007-07-16. 
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  4. ^ "Companion Synod Relationships by Synod" (PDF). ELCA. Retrieved 22 November 2016. 
  5. ^ "The Montana ELCA’s sister Synod in South America is the country of Bolivia". Montana Synod. 20 January 2016. Retrieved 25 November 2016. 

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