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About the Apostolic Lutheran Church of America

Date Founded:  1872

Membership/Number of Clergy:  9,000/43 as of 2010

Headquarters: 124 Binney Hill Road, New Ipswich, NH 03071

Schools & Seminaries:  A seminary education is not required to be a pastor.  A personal call to preach is the chief requirement.

Publications:  The Christian Monthly


Core Beliefs: "The principal calling (duty) of this Church shall be the propagation of the true doctrine, which shall manifest itself in the preaching of repentance and the remission (forgiveness) of sins, and by the administration of the sacraments of Holy Baptism and the Lord’s Supper customarily practiced by the Apostolic Lutheran Churches. The Apostolic Lutheran Church emphasizes the importance of a personal experience of justification by faith (salvation experience)."

Short History:  Founded as the Solomon Korteniemi Lutheran Society by American  Finns, it became the Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church of Calumet in 1879, was incorporated as the Finnish Apostolic Lutheran Church in America in 1928, and dropped Finnish from the name in 1969.

Local Churches:  The largest number of churches are in MI, MN, and WA.  Us the church finder at to find individual congregations.  The nearest churches to Kentucky are in southern MI.


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