"Activated by the gifts of the Holy Spirit, we equip the saints and congregations for the work of ministry, for building up the Body of Christ." (Ephesians 4:11-13, adapted)
7241 Germantown Avenue
Wiedemann Center, Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA 19119
Contact: 267.323.3737 | Fax: 267.323.3777 | Email: info AT sepa DOT org
encompasses 150+ congregations and faith communities, more than 300 rostered leaders and more than 90,000 baptized Christians in the five-county Philadelphia area.
Synod comes from a Greek word that means “on the way together” and the Synod is a partnership for ministry between the people and congregations in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties, the synodical organization, and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod is one of the 65 regional synods of the ELCA. The ELCA is one church with three expressions:
The Southeastern Pennsylvania Synod’s vision is to resource congregations and leaders in our five-county area so that: the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed; congregations are encouraged and strengthened; people in the community receive justice, healing and mercy; and the unity our Lord envisioned for the church is realized.
The Synod organization’s ministry is a collaborative partnership with the people, clergy, congregations and agencies in the region. Most of our work falls in several key areas:
The synod is organized with the bishop, a director for evangelical mission, 10 deans and synod staff providing support and resources for our rostered and lay leaders and more than 150 congregations and worshipping communities.
Congregations and leaders seeking assistance should contact their conference dean.
The Synod is governed by an elected Synod Council comprised of lay and rostered leaders from all nine conferences.
Marked with the cross of Christ forever, we are claimed, gathered and sent for the sake of the world.