The Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is a synod, or diocese of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The synod consists of all the congregations within its territory which is the eastern metropolitan Twin Cities. The synod is headed by a bishop, currently the Reverend Patricia Lull, and a synodical council. The bishop is elected to a six-year term by the synod assembly which meets every year and consists of all "rostered" ministers assigned to the synod and lay representatives from each congregation.
The synod was created as the East Metropolitan Minnesota Synod when the ELCA was formed in 1988 as a result of the merger between the ALC, AELC and LCA. It later changed its name to the present form.