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Who We Are

The Central/Southern Illinois Synod is one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Bordered in large part by the Mississippi, Wabash, and Ohio Rivers, the synod covers approximately two-thirds of the state of Illinois. With more than 100 congregations, we bear the good news, hope, and peace of Jesus Christ in cities, small towns, and rural areas, surrounded by farmland, forests, rolling hills, rivers, and wetlands.

The synod operates under the guidance of the annual synod assembly and the synod council, and day-to-day operations are conducted by the synod staff. The synod is governed by its constitution and by-laws, which are set and updated by the synod assembly. Learn more about our staff, council, and assembly.

About the ELCA

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with nearly 3.3 million members in more than 8,900 worshiping communities across the 50 states and in the Caribbean region.

Known as the church of “God’s work. Our hands.,” the ELCA emphasizes the saving grace of God through faith in Jesus Christ, unity among Christians, and service in the world. The ELCA’s roots are in the writings of the German church reformer Martin Luther.

Learn more about the ELCA.