In 1991, the Ukraine claimed independence from the Soviet Union and the Ukrainian Lutheran Church (ULC) declared fellowship with WELS. The Ukrainian Lutheran Church continues to face increasingly difficult challenges and an uncertain future in a social climate where the majority of Ukrainians are heavily influenced by the Eastern Orthodox Church and traditions from Slavic mythology. While Lutheranism has a long history in Ukraine, the ULC in its present form had its origins in the efforts of Thoughts of Faith, a mission organization affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. In spite of challenges, the ULC continues to work faithfully to proclaim the saving gospel and to be a voice for confessional Lutheranism in Ukraine. Today, WELS is the primary ministry partner of the ULC, as a result of an agreement with the Evangelical Lutheran Synod. Learn more about WELS mission history in Ukraine.
- 700 baptized members
- 17 congregations
- 11 national pastors
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