•  Country Summary
  • The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod began work in Venezuela in 1951. The LCMS has supported church-planting, theological education, and outreach efforts since that time with its financial and personnel resources.

    The LCMS awarded its first grants to the church in Venezuela in 1990, when it provided health clinic equipment and helped construct a preschool. Since that time, the LCMS has given a half dozen grants to assist the church in human care and disaster response efforts.

    Today, the LCMS continues to support the Lutheran Church of Venezuela. The Juan de Frías Theological Seminary provides extensive theological training in proclaiming God’s Word and administering the Sacraments. It continues to depend on support from the LCMS, though it is now led by a fully-Venezuelan teaching faculty.

    Other Lutheran groups working in Venezuela include:

    • LCMS Michigan District
    • The Venezuela Lutheran Mission Partnership (VLMP)
    • Lutheran Hour Ministries (CPTLN) – radio broadcast and media ministry
    • Children Christian Concern's Society, an LCMS Recognized Service Organization –providing educational scholarships for students and teachers salaries

    The ILV is a sister/partner church of the LCMS.

    The Lutheran Church of Venezuela has 137 workers, including six ministers, four evangelists, 20 lay preachers, and 18 teachers. It has 18 congregations, six preaching stations, and 984 members. The church conducts theological education at 13 centers throughout the country involving 128 students. It also operates five preschools, three primary schools, and one secondary school with a total enrollment of 878 students. Through direct congregation involvement, it operates a medical clinic, a prison ministry, an orphanage visitation, food pantries, and remedial education programs.


  •  Missionaries
  • Currently, no LCMS missionaries reside in this country. To search for missionaries serving in this region in other countries, please visit missionary search database. To learn more about the LCMS global mission team, visit


  •  Partner Churches
  • A partner church is a church body with whom the LCMS has full altar and pulpit fellowship. Many LCMS partner churches are also members of the International Lutheran council, a worldwide association of confessional Lutheran church bodies. Some LCMS partner churches came into existence through LCMS-supported mission efforts while others have historic roots that pre-date the LCMS or that are sourced in the mission efforts of other Lutheran church bodies.

  •  Contact Information
  • Field Office Address:
    Apartado 1356
    Santiago, Dominican Republic

    (Please do NOT send packages to this address)


    Partner Church:
    Lutheran Church of Venezuela
    Apartado Postal 343 Maturin, Edo.
    Monagas, Venezuela 6201-A


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