The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)

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The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is one of eight seminaries affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a denomination with about 11,000 congregations in the United States and some 4.9 million baptized members.

The ELCA has more than 17,400 pastors and associates in ministry and average worship attendance each week is about 1.6 million. The denomination is associated with 28 colleges and universities and more than 250 social service organizations. An estimated 350,000 persons are served each year by 145 camps and retreat centers and nearly 400 missionaries serve in approximately 57 countries. The denomination’s annual budget is approximately $76 million. The Presiding Bishop of the denomination is the Rev. Mark S. Hanson.

For more information about the ELCA, visit the ELCA Web site.