The Montana Synod is one of 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The ELCA was formed in 1988 as a merger of the Lutheran Church in America, the American Lutheran Church and the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches. The roots of the Montana Synod can be traced back to 1881 when three Norwegian-American families settled along Sweet Grass Creek near the community of Melville in south central Montana.
The Montana Synod with its 28,000 baptized members in 128 congregations (5 in Wyoming) and other preaching points, is served by 204 pastors in congregational and specialized ministries. In addition, 11 Deacons also serve our ministries. We have 20 persons in the candidacy process preparing for future church leadership and 113 persons in the Lay Pastoral Associates program.
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