The Allegheny Synod


The Allegheny Synod is one of 65 Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.  We are 116 churches across seven counties of central Pennsylvania, located between Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.  Towns that you may be familiar with in our synod are State College (home of Penn State University), Clearfield, Altoona, Huntingdon, Bedford, Johnstown, and Somerset. 


This is an Appalachian synod, and we are one of a few synods which is completely in the federally designated Appalachian counties.  Many of our people don’t consider themselves to be in Appalachia because of the negative stereotypes that are associated with the region.  But what we are, are a collection of very good and loving people, living in the Allegheny hills and valleys of central Pennsylvania, who use what we have and what God has blessed us with for the sake of sharing Christ’s love and mercy with this world that so desperately need it and so desperately needs Jesus.


Our area is in a time of economic transition.  In the past our area was supported by mining, steel production, and the railroad.  But like many places in our region these traditional industries have greatly  cut back their production or have left the area.  However we do have places of growth in the region.  Our universities and colleges continue to be great resources for our region and provide many jobs.  Over the past ten years our region has had great investment in the health care industry.  We continue to be a region where energy production is and always will be central to our economic life.  Along with coal mining we have seen the rise of harnessing wind power and have some of the largest wind farms on the east coast.  Agriculture has been and will continue to be a major part of the culture in central PA, we farm just about everything but have a long history of cattle and milk production.


Most of our people have deep roots in these Allegheny hills and valleys.  Some of them have family that have been here since the original German settlers decided this was a good place to stop after getting off the boat in the 1760s.  Our churches therefore have been here a very long time, several pre-dating the Revolution with many being over 100 years old.  There is therefore a history, a connection to the land and a connection to each other.  Our people are very loyal to their area, their churches, and to each other.  One might also add they are very loyal to Penn State and Pittsburgh Steelers football.


The people of the Allegheny Synod are also good givers.  We are not the largest synod in our region (we are number 6 of 8 in size and budget) yet we are some of the top givers in our region.  Continually the Allegheny Synod is second in the region (sometimes first) in giving to ministries beyond our borders.  Our people love to support international food programs, missionaries, disaster relief and response, colleges and universities.   When there is a need, especially when there are people who are hurting, the Allegheny Synod responds, not out of their abundance but from their heart.


We welcome you to come join us and to get to know us.

Allegheny Synod Church Map

To view Allegheny Synod Congregations in a map click here.

Allegheny Synod Conference Map

The Allegheny Synod is made up of eight conferences.  Those conferences are Altoona, Bedford, Clearfield, Johnstown, Nittany, Northern Somerset, Southern Somerset and Upper Juniata.

Click on the link below to view congregations by Synod Conference.

Where We're At

Our churches are located in the Central Pennsylvania. Click here to locate a church near you.


Click here to search for an ELCA Rostered Leader or Congregation near you.  Use the map to the right to also locate a Congregation.

Allegheny Synod, ELCA

701 Quail Ave.
Altoona, PA 16602

Phone: 814.942.1042
Fax: 814.941.9259


Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM-12:00 PM, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM