Rooted in the Gospel of our Lord, the Allegheny Synod inspires, encourages, and supports the church, in response to God's call to gather around Word and Sacrament, and to scatter into the world to offer God's gifts of love, forgiveness, care, justice, and mercy.

What's New

  • Allegheny Synod 25k Can Challenge


     WE DID IT!!! 

    We are still receiving additional counts.  As of today, our "official" final tally is 36,671!!! THANK YOU for your support!!! 

  • Congregations Together in Ministry (CTiM) Event

    CTiM 2015: Do It All to the Glory of God!


    Saturday, March 7, 2015

    Evangelical Lutheran Church, Duncansville

    9:00 am - 3:30 pm


    We welcome the Rev. Dr. Rick Barger, president of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, who’ll lead us through where we are today and the leadership skills necessary to re-story persons, congregations, and the world in light of the empty tomb. In sharing the message, we recognize that the messenger (us) is a very important part, and building the capacity to inspire others begins when we're telling our story to the Glory of God.


    CTiM is built around large group presentations as well as workshops, worship, and table conversation. The CTiM Event Planning team designed the day to allow ample opportunity to build upon Rick’s presentation. You’ll have a chance to attend two of our five scheduled workshops: growing families closer together; generational differences; God’s story our journey; what’s working in our congregation; and digging deeper into being the church in the world today.


    This year we have a special two session workshop track dedicated to the youth who’ll be with us entitled “We Get It”


    Download the registration form and bulletin insert for workshop titles and descriptions.

    Registrations are available in your congregation as well as our Synod’s website.





    Registration costs increase as of 1/15/15

    If you have not yet registered, avoid increased costs

    by registering prior to 1/15/15.


    If you have any questions or need any assistance,

    please contact your Synod Coordinator,

    Becky Maser

    (incl. "Gathering" in subject line)


  • 2015 Kenya Trip - Deadline Approaching!

    You are invited!  This summer, a group from the Allegheny Synod will be traveling to visit our companion synod - the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church.  The trip is scheduled for August 10-31 with plans to visit with Bishop Kahuthu and his staff, to visit congregations around Kenya (including where our current missionaries are serving in Nairobi), and to help with the Vacation Bible school program at the Pangani Lutheran Children's Centre (a ministry which attends to girls from Nairobi's slum).  The deadline to sign up for the trip is January 30, 2015, in order that we may solidify travel plans.  If you would like to journey with us, please contact Pastor Tim Knauss at 814-942-1042 or

  • 2015 Compensation & Benefits

    The 2015 Compensation and Benefits Guidelines and Manual are now available under the Resources tab.  From Resources, click on Pastoral and Congregational Resources.

  • Discerning Your Discipleship 2014-15

    The new course catalogue is online.

    Look under our Resource Tab

  • Practice Discipleship Initiative

    The Practice Discipleship Initiative invites all pastors, council members, Sunday school teachers, Christian Ed enthusists, and youth leaders of the Allegheny Synod to participate in FREE workshops this fall. Each workshop will include two teaching sessions led by Pastor David Bowman, the Allegheny Synod’s Practice Discipleship Coach, and a FREE meal. Please join us at a location near you!  For more information click here.

  • Pew Talk Video on Allegheny Synod's You Tube Channel

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  • Allegheny Synod Facebook Page and Twitter

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  • Intercessory Prayer List

    Congregation Prayer List (.pdf)
  • 3D Faith Practices Bible Study

    To view the 3D Faith Practices Bible Study, please click on the Resources tab above and then click on Allegheny Synod 3D.  You will then find the Bible Studies posted below.

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Welcome to the online home of the Allegheny Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in   America. We are an expression of the Church of Jesus Christ that combines the resources of 116 congregations, and our partners in ministry in the mountains and valleys of the Allegheny region of Southwest-Central Pennsylvania.

We are a people called by God through Jesus Christ to share in ministry independently and interdependently. Here in this web site you will have an opportunity to discover more about our partner ministries that seek to live out God's Great Commission.... (Matthew 28:18-20) to make the hope-filled promises of Jesus Christ known throughout the world.

I invite you to explore the pages of this web site and to get to know more about your Lutheran neighbors in the Allegheny region. Please know that each of our congregations invite you to worship with them. We believe that it is there that we encounter the God who has not only given us the gift of earthly life, but who also promises us life eternal.

-Bishop Michael L. Rhyne

Allegheny Synod, ELCA

701 Quail Ave.
Altoona, PA 16602

Phone: 814.942.1042
Fax: 814.941.9259


Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00a-12:00p, 1:00p-4:00p

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