Southern Ohiio Synod. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

About Us

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 governed by our Synod Constitution , which can be amended by voting members of the Southern Ohio Synod and the Churchwide Assembly of the ELCA.

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. 

"Synod" is a Greek word, which means to travel a common road; to walk together.  This is the role of the Southern Ohio Synod. . . to assist our congregations and leaders to continue their walk together in service of Jesus Christ.
Please take some time to explore our website and discover the resources available to you through our synod.  Type in a word or phrase in our search engine, found on the left-hand side of the home page under our synod logo.  The search results will help guide you to the webpage containing the information you are seeking. 
We send a weekly e-bulletin to those who wish to receive news from the synod more than once a month and who wish to conserve paper and postage costs associated with a hard copy mailing.  If you would like to be included in the weekly e-bulletin distribution, please send an email to Susan Barton-Nonno, Communications Director, requesting that you be added to the distribution list.  Please include your name, organization/congregation, city and a daytime telephone number.