The Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized in 1902 in Connellsville,
Pennsylvania, with ten pastors and fifteen congregations. The first President was Rev. Daniel Laucek. The
Slovak Synod was accepted into the Synodical Conference in 1908 under President Jan Pelikan.In 1959, due to
the diminishing use of the Slovak language and identity, the Synod changed its name to the Synod of Evangelical
Lutheran Churches. The Synod merged with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod in 1971, becoming a non-geographical
district, now known as the SELC District.
WHO WE ARE:
Today the SELC spans the eastern half of the continent, with congregations in the United
States and Canada. The SELC focuses on mission outreach here in the US and abroad. It has no full-time
officers; all pastoral officers of the District remain in the parish, where they continue to serve the
Lord as ministers of Word and Sacrament to His people.
A brief history of the SELC District can be viewed in a 6.5 minute video. This
video has been produced by the Mission Board of the SELC District to highlite the District's
history and challenges us to look forward to future ministries.
You can view the video online. Remember
to turn your speakers on to hear the audio. VIEW THE VIDEO