The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Predecessor bodies form the ELCA

Each body's bishop participated in the Constituting Convention

The lutheran Standard/Courtesy ELCA

Twenty-five years ago, David Preus (left), Will Herzfeld and James Crumley Jr., bishops of ELCA predecessor bodies, filled one communion vessel during the ELCA Constituting Convention, April 30-May 3, 1987, in Columbus, Ohio.

The wine represented the three merging church bodies that became the ELCA.

Herbert W. Chilstrom, the ELCA's first presiding bishop, looks on from behind the altar.


Judith Anderson

Judith Anderson

Posted at 5:26 pm (U.S. Eastern) 1/25/2012

It would have been a good idea to name the 3 merging synods.

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