Organized in 1803 to help congregations find qualified pastors, the North Carolina Synod unites just under 200 North Carolina congregations of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA).

Each of the ELCA’s 65 synods elects a bishop and a Synod Council. As the synod’s pastor, the bishop oversees the ministry of other pastors and congregations. Our NC Synod bishop is the Rev. Dr. Timothy M. Smith. Together with his staff, the bishop provides support to congregations and leaders.

Synod Office Hours
Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to noon; 1 to 5 p.m.
Friday, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

The synod office has meeting rooms and a chapel available for synod-affiliated groups. Learn more.

Congregations = NC Synod = ELCA

As the NC Synod, our connections to the greater church include:

Partner Synod: Central States Synod
Companions Synods (international): Evangelical Lutheran Church of Papua New Guinea, Yabim District and the Lutheran Church in Costa Rica
Regional Archives: James R. Crumley, Jr Archives
Agencies & Institutions: We are blessed with nine synod-affiliated agencies/institutions. Learn more.
Churchwide organization: ELCA
Publisher of the ELCA: 1517 Media (Augsburg Fortress, Fortress Press, Sparkhouse)
Magazine of the ELCA: Living Lutheran
Connection to other Lutherans, internationally: Lutheran World Federation