Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod

Our congregational family is part of a larger family, a church body known as the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). The third largest Lutheran church body in America, we have more than 1,250 congregations in the U.S. and 20 other countries, many with Lutheran Elementary Schools and/or preschools. The synod is headquartered in Waukesha at our Center for Mission and Ministry office.

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Wisconsin Lutheran High School

Christ the Lord Lutheran School is part of a conference of grade schools that is affiliated with Wisconsin Lutheran High School. In partnership with over 50 area WELS congregations, “Wisco” provides comprehensive secondary-level Christian education for students in the Metro Milwaukee area. Wisco exists to make disciples of young people and their families, now and for eternity, by developing in them a Biblical worldview, as well as the personal skills necessary for a lifetime of service to Jesus in their homes, churches, careers, and communities. While the main intent is to educate laypeople who will pursue careers in the secular world, many graduates also go on to a life in public ministry. With a history dating back to 1903, it is the oldest operating Lutheran high school in the country.

Ministerial Training & Education

Preparatory Schools

Located in Watertown, Wisconsin, Luther Preparatory School is one of two synod-supported preparatory schools, specifically designed for entry into Martin Lutheran College. The other is Michigan Lutheran Seminary in Saginaw, Michigan.

Martin Luther College

Students train to be pastors, teachers, and staff ministers in the synod’s churches, missions, and schools at Martin Lutheran College in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary

Pastoral students continue their training in a four-year Master of Divinity program at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon, Wisconsin.

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Wisconsin Lutheran College

Wisconsin Lutheran College, located in Milwaukee, prepares its graduates to be servant leaders in the secular world.

Northwestern Publishing House

As the publishing company for the WELS, Milwaukee-based Northwestern Publishing House produces many publications, including devotions for people of all ages. The daily devotional, “Meditations”, is published quarterly and copies are available in the church hallway.

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