Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America

The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (commonly known as the Suomi Synod) was established in 1890. It was one of the Lutheran church bodies that merged into the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) in 1962. It was defined more by its Finnish ethnic origin than by any specific theological strain. In 1962, the FELC had 25000 members in 79 congregations, and was the smallest of LCA's founding church bodies. The LCA was party to the merger that created the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1988.

In 1896, the church established Suomi College and Theological Seminary ( now called Finlandia University) in Hancock, Michigan.

Presidents

*J. K. Nikander 1890–1898
*K. L. Tolonen 1898–1902
*J. K. Nikander 1902–1919
*John Wargelin 1919-1919
*Alvar Rautalahti 1919–1922
*Alfred Haapanen 1922–1950
*John Wargelin 1950-1955
*Raymond Waldemar Wargelin 1955–1962

External links

* [http://www.genealogia.fi/emi/art/article369e.htm History of church thru 1945]


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