The Southern Ohio Synod, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), is one of the most diverse synods in the country. It extends God's mission to several major metropolitan areas and many small town and rural settings from north of Columbus to the Ohio River. Post-modern urban lifestyles contrast with a significant, nearby Appalachian culture.
Existing urban, small town and rural congregations receive assistance for redevelopment and transformational ministries. Ethnically diverse congregations are being started throughout the synod to mirror the changing face of the American Church. Amazing Grace Day Camps carry the Gospel to unchurched children living in Appalachia and inner cities, while our Youth and Family Ministry Director equips youth and their youth advocates in synod congregations to be tomorrow's church leaders. These and many other synod ministries help over 68,000 members be and make disciples for Jesus Christ through its partnership with 203 congregations and 372 rostered leaders.
In addition to Bishop Suzanne Dillahunt, the synod staff is comprised of one Assistant to the Bishop, one Director of Evangelical Outreach (whose responsibilities also encompass that of an Assistant to the Bishop), Director of Communications, two Executive Secretaries, a Youth & Family Ministry Director, a part-time Accountant, a part-time Candidacy Coordinator and a part-time Pulpit Supply Coordinator. The Assistant to the Bishop and Director of Evangelical Mission are deployed to their respective territories for service and support.
The Southern Ohio Synod consists of six conferences that incorporate congregations throughout half the state of Ohio for the purpose of mission and ministry.
We are located in at 300 South Second Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215. Our office telephone number is 614.464.3532 and our fax number is 614.464.3422. Our office is typically open Monday through Friday from 9 am until 4 pm. We are closed from noon to 1 pm for lunch.
Check out our photos on the Southern Ohio Synod, ELCA Facebook page to see what the 68,000 baptized members of our synod have been up to and what kind of ministries are touching lives and changing hearts. (You don't need a Facebook account to view the photos, so take a look!)
The Southern Ohio Synod's 203 congregations represent 68,297 baptized members of the ELCA. The Southern Ohio Synod equips congregations to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ by providing ecumenical resources, support services and programs that build and sustain healthy congregations.