Nigeria

Christ the King Lutheran Church of Nigeria (CKLCN) and All Saints Lutheran Church of Nigeria (ASLCN) are our two sister synods in the southeast states of Nigeria. Descended from the Synodical Conference first Lutheran mission, CKLCN and ASLCN are not regular “missions.” They are sister synods in fellowship with WELS and thus “alternate strategy” missions. The 5,291 members of two Nigerian synods are currently served by 25 Nigerian pastors and more than 52 lay preachers. By God’s grace and by WELS increased time and effort, we aim to help the Nigerian church bodies capitalize on their on-going zeal and effort.

Mission update

Missionary Douglas Weiser will retire from this work mid-2017. The WELS Africa Committee is calling for a WELS pastor to take his place – and more. The plan is for this missionary to serve a dual call. That means he will visit Nigeria on an on-going basis to assist our two synods to thrive as independent sister church bodies. But he will live in Cameroon, stationed in Bamenda, where he can serve the north half of the Lutheran Church of Cameroon and be a partner with our existing Cameroon missionary Dan Kroll.

Mission statistics

Christ the King
Congregations: 31
Baptized members: 3,570
National pastors: 10
Evangelists: 1
Preaching elders: 30

All Saints
Congregations: 26
Baptized members: 1,721
National pastors: 12
Evangelists: 2
Preaching elders: 25

Download the latest Missions factsheets.

Praying for Nigeria

Please pray for the current Nigerian leaders to remain faithful, and to continue sharing the saving gospel message with all Nigerians. Ask for God’s blessings on the presidents, pastors, and leaders of All Saints and Christ the King Lutheran synods. Pray for our indigenous health volunteers in both synods. Pray for the 22 men preparing to enter the Seminary in 2019.

PICTURES OF NIGERIA

Browse through and share pictures of Nigeria taken by WELS missionaries and national workers.