The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (commonly known as the Suomi Synod, Finnish: Amerikan suomalainen evankelis-luterilainen kirkko) was a Lutheran church body which existed in the United States from 1890 until 1962.
|Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America|
|Region||Michigan and other states|
|Origin||March 25, 1890 |
|Branched from||Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland|
|Merged into||Lutheran Church in America (1962)|
|Tertiary institutions||Suomi College and Theological Seminary|
|Other name(s)||Suomi Synod|
The Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (FELC) was organized at Calumet, Michigan in 1890. FELC was defined more by its Finnish ethnic origin than by any specific theological strain. In 1896, the church established Suomi College and Theological Seminary (now called Finlandia University) in Hancock, Michigan. It is the only private institution of higher learning in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and the only remaining university in North America founded by Finnish immigrants.
FELC was one of the Lutheran church bodies that merged into the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) in 1962. At that time, FELC had 36,274 members and 105 ministers in 153 congregations, and was the smallest of LCA's founding church bodies. The LCA was subsequently party to the merger that created the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America in 1988.
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