Northern Illinois District (LCMS)

Northern Illinois District (LCMS)

The Northern Illinois District is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), and covers the northern third of the state of Illinois, including the Chicago metropolitan area; the rest of the state is divided between the Central Illinois District and the Southern Illinois District. In addition, 21 congregations in the Chicago area (13 of them in the city itself) are in the non-geographic English District, and five congregations in Northern Illinois (including one in Chicago) are in the SELC District. The Northern Illinois District includes approximately 237 congregations and missions, subdivided into 28 circuits, as well as 117 preschools, 77 elementary schools and 8 high schools. Baptized membership in district congregations is approximately 144,000, second to only the Michigan District; the average congregation size of 607 members is the highest of any Synod district. For a complete list of congregations within the district go to Congregations of the Northern Illinois District - LCMS.

The Northern Illinois District was formed in 1907 when the Illinois District was divided. District offices are located in Hillside, Illinois; the Rev. Dan Gilbert 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 23-25, 2006, and the next will be held in 2009.

Concordia University Chicago in River Forest, Illinois, part of the LCMS' Concordia University System, is located within the district.

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Presidents

  • Rev. Hermann Engelbrecht, Sr., 1907–09
  • Rev. William Christian Kohn, 1909–13
  • Rev. Friedrich Heinrich Brunn, 1913–27
  • Rev. Alex Ullrich, 1927–36
  • Rev. Ernest Theodore Lams, 1936–45
  • Rev. Arthur Henry Werfelmann, 1945–60
  • Rev. Theodore F. Nickel, 1960-62
  • Rev. Carl L. Abel, 1962-63
  • Rev. Erwin L. Paul, 1963–66
  • Rev. Edmund H. Happel, 1966–85
  • Rev. Theodore L. Laesch, 1985-97
  • Rev. William H. Ameiss, 1997-2006
  • Rev. Dan P. Gilbert, 2006-present

Oldest congregations

Largest congregations

Membership totals are c. 2006.

External links

See also

  • Congregations of the Northern Illinois District - LCMS
  • Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod

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