Who We Are

The Ohio District is one of the 35 Districts of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. The District serves congregations in Ohio, West Virginia and Northern Kentucky.

The LCMS owns and operates two seminaries, 8 colleges and universities on 9 campuses, and its congregations operate the largest Protestant parochial school system in America. 

The St. Louis-based Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, founded in 1847, has nearly 2 million baptized members in more than 6,000 congregations and some 9,000 pastors.

The LCMS has active mission work in nearly 90 countries around the world and is a founding partner of Lutheran Services in America, one of the country's largest social-service organizations.

Mission & Vision

As congregations of the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, we see ourselves as part of the universal Christian Church, relying on the Sacred Scriptures as the sole and final norm for faith and life. We wholeheartedly subscribe to the Church's ecumenical creeds (Apostles, Nicene and Athanasian) as correct statements of Biblical faith. We hold fast to the Lutheran Confessions (as found in the Book of Concord of 1580) as correct expositions of that Biblical faith.

Our Mission

The Ohio District of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod assists its congregations to fulfill the Great Commission in ways that are faithful to Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions through:

  • Healthy congregations functioning as mission outposts, that are led by
  • Healthy professional church workers, who are developing
  • Healthy partnerships among congregations, District, and Synod.

Our Vision

We work and pray that we would be a community of Christian congregations, faithful to the Word of God, and committed to supporting each congregation's efforts to be an agent of God's love from its neighborhood to the ends of the earth.

Our Beliefs

We believe the universe and all that is in it is the creation of the loving God. In Jesus Christ, God has given everything for the redemption of the world from sin and death. We believe God has placed us in the world to be agents of his loving purposes for all people. We do all we can to bring the Good News of the free gift of God's salvation in Jesus Christ to everyone.


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