About Us

Our mission statement:
Called and empowered by the Holy Spirit, we, the members of First Evangelical Lutheran Church, will:

  • Tell people about Jesus Christ;
  • Worship Christ together every week;
  • Welcome all people into our fellowship of believers; and
  • Provide spiritual, emotional, and physical support for all people in need.

First Lutheran is a congregation of the ELCA, located in the heart of downtown Lorain, Ohio. As Lutherans, we walk by faith, trusting God's promise in the gospel and knowing that we exist by and for the proclamation of this gospel word. We proclaim Jesus Christ crucified and raised from the dead for the life of the world. As the apostle Paul wrote (Romans 1:16-17), we are not ashamed of this gospel ministry because it is God’s power for saving all people who trust the God who makes these promises. God’s word, specifically God’s promise in Jesus Christ, creates this liberated, confident and generous faith. God gives the Holy Spirit who uses gospel proclamation – in preaching and sacraments, in forgiveness and in healing conversations – to create and sustain this faith. We understand to be Lutheran is to be ecumenical – committed to the oneness to which God calls the world in the saving gift of Jesus Christ, recognizing the brokenness of the church in history and the call of God to heal this disunity. For more about Lutherans and the ELCA, visit their website.

First Lutheran has a tradition of musical excellence, including our FIRST•music concert series. First Lutheran also has a tradition of serving our community, and sponsors programs which provide food, shelter, clothing, and other assistance to those in need. You can find out more about our history, our staff, or the recent fire.