Connections to Ministry
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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.
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.
is a designated constituent synod of United Lutheran
Seminary. Following Philadelphia Seminaries' merger into
Gettysburg Seminary, the seminary was rebranded under the
ULS moniker. With campuses in both Gettysburg and
Philadelphia, the seminary is aligned with the synods of
both Region 7 and Region 8 of the ELCA. The
Gettysburg campus, the closest to our synod, sits atop
Seminary Ridge on the Civil War battlefield at Gettysburg,
PA. The oldest continually functioning sight of Lutheran
theological education in the Western Hemisphere, it 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, a building 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.uls.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,
LMM: The national men's group also has a few chapters on the territory of the synod.