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About the Virginia Synod

As children of God and followers of Jesus, each of us is a part of the body of Christ and individually members of it. For the sake of God’s mission and ministry, God’s people gather together to share their gifts and to work together to share in God’s mission to love and bless the world. To strengthen our response to God’s love in Virginia, the 145 Lutheran congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) are joined together as the Virginia Synod.

As we seek to be church together, we build our ministry around the core values of:

  • Christ
  • Peace
  • Community
  • Compassion.

We seek to live out these core values by being:

  • Faithful
  • Bold
  • Serving.

Quick Facts

  • The Virginia Synod has 145 Lutheran congregations from far southwest Virginia to the coast that join together to form the Virginia Synod which is a synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The Lutheran congregations around Washington DC are a part of the Metro DC Synod.
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America was formed in 1988 and currently has over 9100 congregations and 3.5 million members in all 50 states and territories of the U.S.
  • The oldest congregation in Virginia is Hebron Lutheran Church in Madison, Virginia which was founded in 1717.
  • The newest congregation in Virginia is Grace and Glory Lutheran Church in Palmyra, Virginia which was founded in 2001.
  • During an average year 1100 youth and adults attend Virginia Synod Youth Events.

Virginia Lutherans Believe…

  • In the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • In Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who reveals to us the very heart of the Father.
  • That we are saved by grace through faith — this is not our own doing, but it is the gift of God!
  • That we are baptized into the death of Jesus Christ and raised in his resurrection power to walk in newness of life.
  • Lutherans are a diverse group of people, convinced that the Holy Spirit is leading us toward unity in the household of God.
  • As members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), we are connected to the faith of the church through the ages and around the world.
  • We are part of God’s unfolding plan.
  • When we gather for worship, we connect with believers everywhere and of every time.
  • When we study the Bible and pray, we are drawn more deeply into God’s own saving story.
  • When we serve others and address social issues that affect the common good, we live out our Christian faith.”

Mission Statement

Faithful + Bold + Serving

Let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess, for God, who made the promise, is faithful.  (Hebrews 10.23 NRSV/KDBD)

God is faithful. God keeps God’s promises – of love, hope, peace, forgiveness, justice, mercy, welcome, salvation. God’s faithfulness comes to us most clearly in the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. God is faithful; the cross is God’s ultimate testimony to God’s love for us – which is faithful, bold, serving.  

Because God is faithful, our hope is not in vain. When we hope in God, we can do so unwaveringly. Even when we doubt, even when we sin, even when our hope falters, the cross is God’s assurance that God is always faithful. God has made the promise – to everyone in every place and in every time. And God has always kept the promise. The cross is God’s faithful promise. So, we hope. Not wish, but hope. Grounded in God’s promises, which are steadfast and faithful.