Japan Lutheran Church (JLC)

The mission of the Japan Lutheran Church officially began in September 1948 when The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod World Mission installed the first missionary to Japan and declared the start of the Japan Mission. In 1968, the self-governing Japan Lutheran Church was established and it became self-supporting in 1976. The JLC maintains a close relationship with LCMS through joint projects based on mission cooperation. JLC celebrated its 50th mission anniversary in September 1998.

Contact Information: Profile:
Japan Lutheran Church (NRK) Parishes: 4
Fujimi 1-2-32 Congregations: 35
Chiyoda-ku Baptized Members: 2,579
Tokyo 102-0071 Communicant Members: 888
Japan Active Pastors: 26
Phone: +81 03-3261-5266  
Fax: +81 03-3262-7759  
President: Rev. Shin Shimizu

Seminary- view

  • Japan Lutheran College
  • Japan Lutheran Theological Seminary

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