Lutherans by the Numbers


ELCA Member Churches

Luther Memorial Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). A merger of 3 Lutheran church bodies formed the ELCA in 1988: The American Lutheran Church; the Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches; and the Lutheran Church in America (of which Luther Memorial was a member congregation). Today, the ELCA is one of the largest Christian denominations in the United States, with about 4 million members in nearly 10,000 congregations across the United States, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. While Presiding Bishop Rev. Elizabeth Eaton is on a 4-6 month leave of absence (as 11-2023), the Rev. Michael Burk, former bishop of the ELCA Southeastern Iowa Synod, will serve as "Presiding Bishop Pro Tem".



The ELCA is made up of 65 Synods, varying in size, geography, membership, staffing and program. Synods unite the work of congregations within their areas. Luther Memorial is a member of the Upstate New York Synod. The Rev. Lee Miller, II serves as Bishop.



There are 7 Conferences within the Upstate New York Synod. Luther Memorial is a member of the Central Crossroads Conference, made up of 23 congregations geographically stretching from Cortland to Canada. Rev. Gail Wolling is Dean of the Central Crossroads Conference. Learning At The Crossroads is an educational ministry offering adults education opportunities across a wide range of subjects. Luther Memorial is the host congregation for these programs.


Luther Memorial Church

Luther Memorial, North Syracuse, NY is a Christ-centered community, called to be a part of God’s mission to love and bless the whole world.