American Lutheran Church (1930)

The American Lutheran Church (ALC) was formed in 1930 from the merger of the three conservative Lutheran synods of German-American origin: The Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Iowa and Other States (Iowa Synod), established in 1854; the Lutheran Synod of Buffalo, established in 1845; and the Evangelical Lutheran Joint Synod of Ohio and Other States (Joint Synod of Ohio), established in 1818 from the Ministerium of Pennsylvania. The headquarters of the ALC were in Columbus, Ohio, which had been the headquarters of the Joint Synod of Ohio, the largest of the three synods.

American Lutheran Church
TheologyConfessional Lutheran
StructureNational synod, middle level districts, and local congregations
RegionUnited States and Canada
HeadquartersColumbus, Ohio
Merger ofJoint Synod of Ohio, Iowa Synod, and Buffalo Synod
Merged intoAmerican Lutheran Church (1960)
Congregations1,961 (1959)
Members1,002,015 (1959)
Ministers2,156 (1959)

In 1960, the ALC merged with the Evangelical Lutheran Church, which was of Norwegian-American origin, and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, of Danish-American origin, to form a new body that was also named the American Lutheran Church. After the merger the original ALC was informally referred to as the "old American Lutheran Church" or the "first American Lutheran Church" to distinguish it from the later body, while the second was often referred to as "The American Lutheran Church" (or TALC), with a capital "T" in the definitive article.

In 1959, just before its merger into the TALC, the ALC had 2,156 pastors, 1,961 congregations, and 1,002,015 members.[1]





  1. ^ "American Lutheran Church (1930-1960)". American Denomination Profiles. Association of Religion Data Archives. Retrieved October 31, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)