Our History

The LCMS was established in 1847 by Saxon and other German immigrants seeking the freedom to practice and follow confessional Lutheranism. Initial members included 12 pastors representing 14 congregations from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin.

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Take a Tour

Want to see where it all happens? The LCMS International Center in suburban St. Louis, Mo., is open for tours during business hours. See the chapel, study the artwork that graces the building and stroll through the Concordia Historical Institute Museum.

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Church Info Center: 888-843-5267
Staff Switchboard: 800-248-1930
Donor Care Line: 888-930-4438

1333 S. Kirkwood Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-7226

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