elca logotextBlue Church is one of over 9,000 congregations that make up the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).  The ELCA was created in 1987 as a result of the merger of several previous Lutheran groups that were largely Scandinavian or German in origin.  The ELCA is comprised of 65 geographical areas known as synods, each of which is led by a bishop.  The ELCA is headquarted in Chicago and the presiding bishop is the Rev. Elizabeth Eaton.  As Lutheran Chrisitans, the ELCA and Blue Church can trace their roots back to the 16th century Reformation led by Martin Luther in Germany.  At the center of our faith is Jesus Christ as Lord and the gracious gift of forgiveness of sins, eternal life and salvation given in his name. 


 Dr. Martin Luther - the reformer in Wittenberg

Martin Luther Denkmal

October 31, 1517


 With the announcement of his theses Martin Luther implemented the reformation of the Catholic Church.

He spread his thoughts and his doctrine from Wittenberg, the cradle of the Reformation.


The life of Martin Luther

Statue von Martin Luther

Martin Luther, the second son of the miner Hans Luder, was born in Eisleben on 10 November 1483. He attended school in Mansfeld between 1488 and 1496, in Magdeburg in 1497 and St. George’s School in Eisenach from 1498 to 1501. He initially studied philosophy at Erfurt University between 1501 and 1505 and graduated as Magister atrium.

He then took up the law but broke off his studies when a close encounter with a thunderstorm prompted him to request admission to the monastery of the Augustinian hermits. Martin Luther was ordained as priest in Erfurt Cathedral on 4 April 1507 and began studying theology. After spending some time in Wittenberg during 1508, Luther answered his calling to the monastery of the Augustinian hermits in 1511 and remained in Wittenberg until the end of his life.

Martin Luther Portrait

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