Ohio District (LCMS)


Ohio District (LCMS)

The Ohio District is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), and covers the states of Ohio and West Virginia, as well as eastern Kentucky (the remainder of Kentucky is divided between the Indiana District and the Mid-South District). In addition, fifteen Ohio congregations are in the non-geographic English District, and eleven are in the SELC District. The Ohio District comprises approximately 170 congregations and missions, subdivided into 16 circuits, as well as 48 preschools, 24 elementary schools and 2 high schools. Baptized membership in Ohio District congregations is approximately 70,000.

The Ohio District was formed in 1963 when the Central District was divided, also creating the Indiana District. District offices are located in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, just west of Cleveland; the Rev. Terry Cripe became the district president in September 2006 [1]. Delegates from each congregation meet in convention every three years to elect the district president, vice presidents, circuit counselors, a board of directors, and other officers; the last convention was held on June 8-10, 2006, and the next will be held beginning June 18, 2009 in Dublin, Ohio. The conference, as scheduled began at 1300hrs EST at the Embassy Suites in Dublin, Ohio. Opening hymn is "Lift High The Cross."

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Presidents

  • Rev. Ottomar Krueger, 1963–66
  • Rev. Paul G. Single, 1966–69
  • Rev. Edgar M. Luecke, 1969–70
  • Rev. Arthur H. Ziegler, 1970–82
  • Rev. Paul A. Weber, 1982-88
  • Rev. David D. Buegler, 1988-96
  • Rev. Ronald L. Bergen, 1996-2006
  • Rev. Terry L. Cripe, 2006 to present


Oldest congregations

Oldest in Kentucky: Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Ashland, Kentucky, 1866
Oldest in West Virginia: Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, West Virginia, 1887

Largest congregations

Membership totals are c. 2006.

Largest in West Virginia: Saint Paul Lutheran Church, Parkersburg, West Virginia, 320
Largest in Kentucky: Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Florence, Kentucky, 317

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