Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod
Peace Lutheran Church is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS), the third largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. The word "synod" is a Greek word that means, "walking together." The name contains Wisconsin in it because it was founded in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1850. Today, WELS includes more than 1,300 congegations worldwide, with a membership of 400,000. The church body unites us with Christians across our country and around the world. It allows us to pool our resources for training church workers and doing mission work at home and abroad, as well as producing materials such as hymnals, Bible Studies and other books.
What is a Lutheran?
The term "Lutheran" comes from the great reformer Martin Luther (1483-1546). Nearly 500 years ago, when the Church had lost sight of its Savior and the truth of his Word, Martin Luther boldly challenged these errors and preached Jesus Christ alone as Savior. Luther led people back to the teachings of the Bible. His work, and that of his friends, is called the Reformation. Through Luther, God restored the church to the truth of God's Word.
The doctrines of the Lutheran Church are not new. They are the teachings of the Bible. Thus the Lutheran Church is not a new church. It is a church whose teaching is based on the words written by the prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament. The Bible tells us about Jesus Christ. The teachings of the Lutheran Church are those of the original, ancient church of the apostles and early Christians.