What is a Synod?

Synods unite the work of congregations within their areas, serve as regional support, and guide pastoral and other staff candidates. In order to strengthen the relationship between synod leaders and the churchwide office, many churchwide teams relate to and support the work of the synods.

Quick Facts:

More than 120 churches comprise the Southwest California Synod

The Synod is divided into nine different conferences. The nine conferences are:

  • Channel Islands
  • Central Coast
  • Foothill
  • Greater Long Beach
  • Los Angeles Metropolitan
  • San Gabriel Valley
  • South Bay
  • Techachapi
  • Twin Valleys

The Southwest California Synod serves the counties of:

  • Kern
  • Los Angeles
  • San Luis Obispo
  • Santa Barbara
  • Ventura

Four bishops have served the Southwest California Synod.

  • The Rev. Roger Anderson
  • The Rev. Paul Egertson
  • The Rev. Dean W. Nelson
  • The Rev. Dr. Guy Erwin

The two companion synods of the Southwest California Synod are:

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Hong Kong (ELCHK)

S’nodo Luterano Salvadore (Lutheran Salvadorian Synod)