WELS World Missions conducts gospel outreach throughout Europe, partnering to share Christ’s grace in Russia, Albania, Bulgaria, and Ukraine while supporting sister church bodies in seven additional European countries. A single resident missionary, Missionary Luke Wolfgramm and his family, resides on the continent (Russia).
The focus of European mission work is changing. Instead of leading congregations, our missionary is focusing on equipping and training national pastors to lead their own congregations. The Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI) is partnering in this work, making training visits to Germany, Sweden, Russia, and Ukraine.
An administrative committee appointed by the Board for World Missions helps facilitate world mission work throughout the continent of Europe.
Europe Mission Partners
Other Mission Partners
WELS Missions also partners with sister synods and independent churches in fellowship with WELS throughout Norway, Sweden, Finland, Germany, and Portugal. This partnership and support can come in the form of financial assistance, theological training or continuing education through the Pastoral Studies Institute (PSI), visits and assistance from other World Missions representatives or missionaries, as well as the sharing of outreach ideas. A church in the Czech Republic and a synod in Latvia are directly supported by our mission partners in the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS). Visit the ELS world outreach page to learn more about that work.
Many of these mission partners are a part of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference (CELC), a worldwide fellowship of confessional Lutherans. To learn more about the CELC and these mission partners, visit celc.info.