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!!! 

    As of today, January 23, we surpassed our goal by collecting  25,665 cans! THANK YOU!!!  There is still a week left until the Super Bowl so let’s keep collecting and see what we can reach!!!

    Thank you again and keep up the great work!



    The Allegheny Synod 25k Can Challenge  is a project which will run from the first Sunday of Advent (Nov 30) to Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 1)This is an attempt for us to work together as a Synod to collect food items, or other necessities for our local food banks or agencies.  We know that most of you are running food drives through Christmas, and many of you participate in the Souper Bowl of Caring so what we want to do in the Synod office is track what we are doing together. Please click here for a 25k Flyer and here for a bulletin insert.

    If you would like to participate we ask that you do that following:

    • Share in your congregation!
    • Gather food or items for where it is needed in your community (you decide where you are taking the food - don’t bring it to us)
    • Contact the Synod office weekly with your congregation's total. (Totals can be emailed to

    We will update our count  here weekly.

    Thank you for taking part in this food drive!





    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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