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Ministry Partners

Click on the links below to learn more about our partners in ministry.

Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
The ELCA is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in the world. Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ. Through worship, service and education, we practice our faith, grow our relationship with God and experience God's grace in our lives.


Camp Agape, Hickory, PA
Camp Agapé helps children advance in reading and math through individualized attention from volunteer teachers.  Agape also offers a week of art and science.  Daily, campers grow in faith as they learn about God's Word and His world.

Camp Lutherlyn, Prospect, PA
A Christian year-round camp and retreat center providing opportunities for people of all ages, Lutherlyn's programs include summer camp, retreats, environmental education, adventure and horseback activities, conferences, special events and more.

Campus Ministries

ELCA Lutheran Campus Ministry
Campus Ministry is both faithful to a rich theological tradition and driven by the challenges of the contemporary university. Campus Ministry bears witness to God’s amazing grace within the context of higher education. Sensitive to the pastoral needs of those on campus and engaged in the intellectual discourse of the university, Campus Ministry strives to communicate the Gospel in fresh ways.

Lutheran University Center, Pittsburgh
The Lutheran University Center is a 66-year-old ministry located in Oakland to serve the needs of students at Pitt, Carnegie Mellon, Chatham and Carlow universities through worship, study, fellowship and service.  The campus ministry provides a distinct Lutheran witness to all students to God's grace in the university communities.

Higher Education

United Lutheran Seminary

Thiel College, Greenville, PA
Founded in 1866 as a coeducational institution in western Pennsylvania, Thiel College is an independent liberal arts college rooted in the Lutheran tradition. Offering distinctive programs in the arts and humanities, social and natural sciences, and professional studies, together with engaging co-curricular and athletic opportunities, Thiel provides an accessible and inclusive learning environment that emphasizes service to society. Thiel’s residential campus offers a safe and supportive setting in which to grow and learn.

Social Ministry Organizations

Lutheran Services in America

Lutheran Services in America serves its members through advocacy, fostering member relationships to share in faith, fellowship and best practices, leadership development, funding opportunities, and telling the compelling story of Lutheran social ministry.

Bethesda Lutheran Services
Bethesda Lutheran Services provides promising futures for children, youth, and families through individualized mental and behavioral health services provided in a residential, school or community setting.

Glade Run Lutheran Services
Founded in 1854, Glade Run Lutheran Services provides educational, mental health, autism and cultural services to children and families throughout western Pennsylvania, including residential treatment, educational offerings, camps and community-based services. 

Lutheran SeniorLife
Lutheran SeniorLife communities and services allow seniors to live an Abundant Life in the places they call home.  Services include residential living, assisted living, personal care, home health, hospice, skilled nursing, therapy and community-based services.  Lutheran SeniorLife is committed to providing benevolent care for its residents in need.  Locations include Passavant Health and Retirement Center in Zelienople and St. John's Lutheran Care Center in Mars.

Lutheran Service Society of Western Pennsylvania
For more than 100 years, Lutheran Service Society has been helping people of all ages and financial circumstances through ministries such as Meals On Wheels, adoption services, affordable housing, homeless care, senior services, and job training and education. 

ELCA Partners

Lutheran Advocacy Ministry in Pennsylvania
In response to God’s love in Jesus Christ, we advocate for wise and just public policies in Pennsylvania that promote the common good.

ELCA Advocacy Office in Washington, DC
ELCA advocacy ministry speaks for biblical values: peacemaking, hospitality to strangers, care for creation, and concern for people living in poverty and struggling with hunger and disease. Explore these pages for issues that interest you.

ELCA Foundation Regional Gift Planners
Provides resources, financial education and gift planning to support the organizations of your choice.

Ecumenical Organizations

Christian Associates of Southwest Pennsylvania
In all its endeavors, Christian Associates strives to promote the understanding that the church is ONE in its commitment to Jesus Christ.

Pennsylvania Council of Churches
The Pennsylvania Council of Churches is the statewide ecumenical presence in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. Formed by 42 church bodies and agencies representing 20 Anabaptist, Anglican, Orthodox, Pentecostal, and Protestant communions (denominations), the Council works for Christian unity for the sake of the world. [John 17:23]


Lutheran Church Extension Society

For more than 126 the Lutheran Church Extension Society of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod has been granting interest-free loans to member congregations for new construction, energy conservation, fire and safety projects, and making buildings handicap accessible.

The Lutheran Church Extension Society was incorporated in 1893 for the purpose of lending money, interest free, to Pittsburgh area congregations for the construction of buildings to house them. Throughout its long history, the mission of the Lutheran Church Extension Society has been to serve the financial needs of the congregations of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod by offering interest-free loans.

Through the Board of Managers the Lutheran Church Extension Society grants no-interest loans to member congregations. For an Annual Membership of $50.00 you can join with us in our mission of supporting congregations with interest free loans. At the present time, congregations can borrow up to $25,000.00 for up to 5 years interest free.

In addition to granting loans to congregations the Extension Society also annually supports the Synod’s Intern Program.

If your congregation is in needs of a loan, see below for an application or contact Pr. Robert Gago, President of the Board of Managers at or call 724-709-8390.

Click below for a downloadable PDF of the above information.

Lutheran Church Extension Society Information Lutheran Church Extension Society Information (29 KB)

Click below for a Lutheran Church Extension Society Loan Application

Luth Church Ext Society application 2016 Luth Church Ext Society application 2016 (23 KB)

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