We are a member congregation of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod, founded in 1850 with roots going back to the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The "Wisconsin" in the name dates back to a time when just about every state had its own "synod" or what we now call "denomination." While most of our churches and schools are in the Midwest, WELS congregations are located all over the US, including 20 congregations in Washington. You can see a map of all WELS congregations here.
The WELS website has many helpful resources including:
- Several options for daily devotions
- A WELS church locator
- Radio, Video, and Podcast links
- Information about US and world missions
- Many resources for pastors and congregations
- Occasional live, online Bible studies
Lutherans For Life is devoted to protecting life for all and equipping Lutherans to approach these complicated issues. They have a lot of material showing how we can help people choose life over abortion, but also helpful info about so-called "Death with Dignity," another term for doctor-assisted suicide, which is legal in our state.
Northwestern Publishing House produces a lot of quality books, most notably the People's Bible series, written to walk laypeople through the Bible. I recommend Genesis, Psalms, and Daniel very highly, but they are all good.
Martin Luther Collegemlc-wels.edu/ prepares men and women for ministry. Check out their chapel services. Anyone interested in being a pastor or teacher should consider going here. One of our members is mentioned in this MLC Weekly Newsletter.
Wisconsin Lutheran College is located in Milwaukee, WI.
Bethany Lutheran College is located in Mankato, MN. It is not run by the WELS but by the ELS, another Lutheran synod in fellowship with WELS.
Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary is the place where nearly all pastors in our synod spend 4 years preparing for the ministry after college. They study the Bible and theology and get hands-on experience.
Evergreen Lutheran High School is located in Tacoma and provides a Lutheran high school education. Several of our members went there. Boarding options are available.
Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI is a high school focused on preparing kids for the ministry. Kelly West and Jacob Biebert went there. It also have boarding options.
Jesus Cares Ministries assists congregations in reaching out to and serving the disabled.
Wisconsin Lutheran Institutional Ministries includes our very large prison ministry network.
WELS Military Services