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

  • Bishop's Convocation

    Please click here for the 2014 Bishop's Convocation Brochure which includes the registration form.

  • 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.

  • Bishop Pile's Retirement Celebration

    Please remember that on Sunday, August 17, the people and friends of the Allegheny Synod are invited to celebrate and give thanks for the ministry of Bishop Gregory R. Pile.

    The Reception will begin at 2:00 p.m., a time of Sharing to honor the Bishop will start at 3:15 p.m., followed by a Service of Holy Communion and Godspeed & Farewell at 4:30 p.m. at Friedens Lutheran Church (131 S. Main St. Friedens, PA)

     By way of reminder,

    1) Donations to the Allegheny Synod Seminarian Endowment Fund are being collected.

    2) Financial contributions to support travel opportunities for Bishop and Barb Pile are being accepted.

    Please indicate how your financial gifts are to be designated and send them to the Synod Office at: 701 Quail Avenue, Altoona, PA 16602.

    3) Letters and notes acknowledging and giving thanks for the Bishop’s ministry are being gathered.

    Send these to Michelle Bossler at the Synod Office or e-mail them to her at

    4) Pictures that you may have of Bishop Pile’s ministry among us are being collected

    E-mail them to before August 1st.

     Further, for your information:

    Directions to Friedens church:  

    **NOTE: Ignore the detour signs on Rt. 281.  The road is closed to traffic after the church.**

        • Travel on Rt. 219 to PA 281 N/Stoystown Rd. in Somerset.

        • Follow PA 281 N to Friedens.

        • The church (131 S. Main Street) is on your left.

          Offsite parking will be available with van transportation to the church. 

        • Park at the Friedens’ school on your right as you come into town.

        • Or, simply drop your passengers off at the church.  You will be directed to the parking lot only minutes away, and the van will transport you back to the church.

          Supervised Childcare will be provided.

          Rostered Leaders are invited to be a part of the procession.  The color of the day is green.

    To have this information in a bulletin insert format click here.


  • Women of the ELCA - 9th Triennial Gathering


         The time is upon the Women of the ELCA!!!  Be Bold!  Gather your generations or your best friend and decide NOW to attend the 9th Triennial Gathering to be held in Charlotte, NC.  The Gathering starts on July 24 and ends of July 27, 2014.  Attend with over 2000 women from across the United States, worship with women of every generation, commune with women of all ages and nationalities.   

         You can register now at  Be Bold!  Decide now.

           If your women's group wants me to come to your meeting to tell you personally about the Triennial, please give me a call (814-495-7183) or an email ( so that we can schedule it.   If you register now, you will receive a discount. If you are mildly interested please contact me and give me your email address and I will keep in touch with you about the Triennial Gathering.  Be Bold! Come to meet our new bishop, Rev. Elizabeth Eaton. Be Bold!  Sign up now. 

  • 2014 Compensation & Benefits

    The 2014 Compensation and Benefits Guidelines and Manual are now available under the Resources tab.  From Resources, click on Pastoral and Congregational Resources.

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

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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 Gregory Pile

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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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