Connections to Ministry
Scroll down through the page (or use the navigation bar above) to connect with a ministry, find a congregation or pastor/church worker.
You can locate any congregation in the synod, get contact
information, directions, a web address (for many of them),
and detailed statistical data through the ELCA's search
engine. You may search by distance from an entered zip
code, by city, or by congregation name. For an interactive
map showing the position of our congregations, click
You can also locate any pastor or lay leader in the ELCA
through a different ELCA search engine, searching by name
(even partial) or a variety of filters.
WV-WMD supports two church camps.
Camp Luther, located in Webster
County, WV, has operated for 75 years. It may be unique in
ELCA church camping in that it is in session only one week
out of the year (invariably beginning on Fathers' Day),
hosting campers from 3rd grade through 12thin three
camping departments (junior, intermediate, and senior).
Camp Luther rents Camp Caesar, the Webster County 4-H
camp. Its counseling and program staff is entirely
volunteer lay persons and pastors. Visit on the web at http://camplutherwv.com/.
Caroline Furnace Lutheran Camp and
Retreat Center, located in Fort Valley, VA, offers
year round services with several weeks of camping programs
in the summer, including specialty camps, and retreat
facilities in the winter. Visit on the web at http://www.carolinefurnace.org/.
College, an independent institution related to the
Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and established in
Western Pennsylvania in 1866 as a co-educational
institution, educates students in the liberal arts &
sciences and professional studies for service to society.
Thiel, located in Greenville, PA, is an accredited
four-year, undergraduate institution. Visit on the web at
West Virginia University:
WV-WMD supports the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU, the
only "center-based" Lutheran campus ministry on the
territory. The LCMWVU has a reputation for a vigorous
intellectual life informed by the Lutheran Confessions and
a marked liturgical piety. Normally staffed by a
full-time, ordained campus pastor, the LCMWVU is currently
in a search process, the previous campus pastor leaving to
assume the office of bishop. Visit on the web at http://LutheranMountaineer.org.
Potomac State College: WV-WMD also supports the
work of Trinity Lutheran Church, Keyser, on the Potomac
State College campus conducted in conjunction with Grace
Methodist Church, Keyser. Both pastors spend time on
campus, advise a student group, and serve as resources for
Other Schools: Throughout the synod, local
congregations and pastors situated near institutions of
higher education are available for pastoral care and
worship, service, educational, and fellowship
opportunities. Use the "Find-a-Congregation" button above
to make a connection.
supports the Lutheran Theological Seminary, Gettysburg.
More commonly referred to as Gettysburg Seminary, the
campus sits atop Seminary Ridge on the Civil War
battlefield at Gettysburg, PA. The oldest seminary in the
ELCA, still trains pastors for the ordained office and lay
professional ministers as well as educating students for
academic degrees. Located on the seminary campus is the
Seminary Ridge Museum, an educational facility housed in
the Old Dorm, which saw service as a hospital during and
after the battle. Open to the public, the museum tells the
story of battle, hospital work, and reconciliation. Visit
the seminary on the web at http://www.ltsg.edu/.
supports three ministries that follow in the footsteps of
the Inner Mission movement.
Additionally, WV-WMD supports the work of Glade Run
Lutheran Services and Lutheran Senior Life.
Special ministries for women, men, and youth operate on the territory of WV-WMD.
WELCA: The synodical women's organization is part
of the National Women of the ELCA. Congregational units
dot the territory. An annual synodical convention is held
as well as regular conference level events. To lean more,
The national men's group also has a few chapters on
the territory of the synod.
LYO: The synod youth ministry continues the the
work of the Lutheran Youth Organization. A major focus is
the National Youth Gathering held every three years.
Synodical youth events allow youth from across the
congregations to gather together for learning, service,
and fellowship. Facebook users can visit at https://www.facebook.com/groups/252972861483444/