New Jersey District (LCMS)

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The New Jersey District encompasses the state of New Jersey and one congregation just across the state line in Milford, Pennsylvania. The district includes approximately 57 congregations and missions, the fewest of any geographic district. The district office is located in Mountainside, New Jersey.

The New Jersey District is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), and comprises the state of New Jersey; five of the state's congregations are in the non-geographic English District, and five more are in the SELC District. The New Jersey District includes approximately 57 congregations and missions (the fewest of any geographic district), subdivided into 6 circuits, as well as 24 preschools and 5 elementary schools. Baptized membership in district congregations is approximately 14,000. [1]

The New Jersey District was formed in 1972 out of part of the Atlantic District. District offices are located in Mountainside, New Jersey. The Rev. Dr. Anthony J. Steinbronn was elected District President in 2012.[2] Delegates from each congregation meet in convention every three years to elect the district president, three vice presidents, circuit counselors, a board of directors, and other officers. The 15th regular convention was held June 4-7, 2009 under the theme "Chosen for a Purpose" (based on Isaiah 49:5-7). The 16th regular convention will be held May 31-June 2, 2012 in Mt. Laurel, NJ under the theme "Believe, Belong, Bless” based upon Philippians 2:1-11.[3]

Presidents[edit]

  • Rev. Walter L. Zeile, 1972-85
  • Rev. Donald W. Sandmann, 1985-2000
  • Rev. William R. Klettke, 2000-2012
  • Rev. Anthony J. Steinbronn, 2012-present

Oldest congregations[edit]

  • Only church in Pennsylvania: Emmanuel Lutheran Church, Milford, Pennsylvania (2007)

Largest congregations[edit]

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

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