The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod is part of the Evangelical
Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).
- One of 7 synods in Region
- Made up of 278
9 mission districts, and 152,000 people
- A wide variety of people—many ages, cultures, languages and
- Involved in the life of our communities—cities and suburbs,
towns and villages
- Located in a 14-county area of the state—from the Delaware
River to the mountains of Sullivan County and from the Lehigh Valley
and the Reading area to the New York border
- God's love is unconditionally guaranteed—a promise for life!
- The Bible is God's Word for us—our guide for living in the
- We are all both saints and sinners—imperfect, but forgiven.
- The gospel is unchanging—God's Word revealed in Jesus Christ.
- The church is ever reforming—responding to a changing world.
- We are called to minister in our daily lives—at work, at home,
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What Is a Synod?
The word synod, from the Greek words syn and hodos,
means walking together. This name for the 65 entities of the
ELCA offers a good description of their purpose. In and through synods,
congregations and other ministries walk together. Synods coordinate the
work of congregations within their territories and plan for the Church's
mission in their area.
Some Facts about the Synod
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod consists of 278 congregations,
150,252 baptized members, 438 rostered
leaders (pastors, associates in ministry, deaconesses, and diaconal
ministers), and nine
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod, in partnership with the churchwide
organization, bears primary responsibility for the oversight of the life
and mission of the church on the territory of the synod.
Our purpose as God’s people in
northeastern Pennsylvania is encountering and sharing God’s word of
love given in Jesus Christ—encouraging lives of service.
The structure of the synod bears witness to this
vision. In June 2009, after months of conversation among members of the
synod regarding the purpose of and directions for the church in
northeastern Pennsylvania, the synod assembly adopted the purpose
statement and five priorities for its mission.
Bishop Samuel R. Zeiser,
as the synod's pastor, has primary responsibility for the ministry of Word
and Sacrament in the synod and its congregations and provides pastoral care
and leadership for the synod, its congregations, its ordained ministers, and
its other rostered leaders.
The office of the bishop includes
staff persons who are elected by the synod
council upon nomination by the bishop.
The main office of the synod is in Schoenersville, near the Lehigh Valley
International Airport. For directions, office hours,
and telephone numbers, click here.
For more information and statistics on the synod, click on
link to the
page about synods, select the kind of report you'd like to see, then click on the
link to the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod (7E).
Vision and Structure
Directions and Office Info
- Nearly 5 million baptized members
- 10,500 congregations
- 65 synods
- 9 regions (geographic areas)
- 19,000 rostered leaders (pastors, associates
in ministry, diaconal ministers, deaconesses)
- 8 seminaries; 28 colleges and universities
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and other information about
the ELCA, visit the ELCA