Synod & ELCA

Grace Lutheran Church is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a member of the Mankato Area Ministerial Association (MAMA) and the Gustavus Adolphus College Association of Congregations (GACAC).


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Founded on January 1, 1988, the ELCA was formed when three church bodies merged – the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches, the American Lutheran Church, and the Lutheran Church in America. Grace Lutheran was a member of the Lutheran Church in America, and before that the Augustana Lutheran Church.

We are the church that shares a living, daring confidence in God's grace. Liberated by our faith, we embrace you as a whole person — questions, complexities and all. Join us as we do God's work in Christ's name for the life of the world. - From the ELCA

As of 2012 data, ELCA is made up of nine regions, sixty-five synods, 4.2 million members in nearly 10,500 congregations organized in nine geographic regions across the United States, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. In 2013, churchwide, we celebrated with the theme 25 Years: Always Being Made New.

The ELCA elected its fourth Presiding Bishop on Saturday, October 5 in Chicago, Illinois. Rev. Eaton, Presiding Bishop of the ELCA, will serve a six-year term beginning November 1, 2013. Visit the ELCA’s Office of the Presiding Bishop for messages from Presiding Bishop Eaton.

Grace Lutheran Church belongs to the Southeastern Minnesota Synod, which is headquartered in Rochester, Minnesota. The constituting convention of the Southeastern Minnesota Synod was in June of 1987. The Synod is divided into five conferences, which are all named after rivers in our area. Grace Lutheran is a part of the Minnesota River Conference. Bishop Steven Delzer was installed on September 7, 2013.

The Mankato Area Ministerial Assocation hosts a Mankato Community Thanksgiving Worship Service on the Wednesday of Thanksgiving week. Members of MAMA are Grace Lutheran, Bethlehem Lutheran, Centenary United Methodist, First Congregational UCC, First Presbyterian, Hilltop United Methodist, St. John the Baptist Catholic, St. John's Episcopal, Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic.


Note: Grace Lutheran Church history and archives, including parish records for genealogical research, are located at Grace Lutheran Church. If interested, please contact the church office by telephone at 507-345-4248 or e-mail gracemko@hickorytech.net. Records of the Scandinavian Augustana Synod, and other historical information, can be found in the ELCA Region 3 Archives at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota.