We are members of the Metro New York Synod which is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Lutherans make up a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service, and education, we practice our faith and grow in our relationship with God.

We also work hard to put our faith into action. In today’s complex world, we try to make a difference in practical, realistic ways. Lutheran ministries reach from around the corner to across the globe. Members of the Metro New York Synod’s nearly 200 congregations are worshipping God, helping friends and neighbors, celebrating diversity, feeding the hungry, working for justice, and advocating for peace. In all we do, we strive to reflect God’s boundless love for all people.

Quick Facts

  • 5 million people living within the synod territory
  • 63,959 baptized members
  • 16,009 in weekly worship
  • 190 congregations
  • Around 300 pastors

Over 100 rostered lay leaders (synodical deacons, diaconal ministers, deaconesses, Associates in Ministry)



Our Bishop is The Rev. Donald J. McCoid –  Bishop McCoid provides spiritual and organizational leadership to all aspects of the synodical expression of the Metropolitan New York Synod and reflects the principles of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.