Location: Grove City Church of the Nazarene; Grove City OH
Dates: August 26-27, 2010
The North American Lutheran Church, a new Lutheran denominational body, was established on Friday, Aug. 27, 2010, as Lutherans from throughout North America voted overwhelmingly and enthusiastically to form the NALC.
The decision to form the new church body was made at the annual Convocation of Lutheran CORE, which attracted more than 1,100 Lutherans Aug. 26-27 at Grove City Church of the Nazarene in the Columbus suburb of Grove City, Ohio. Thousands more watched the Convocation online.
The Convocation adopted a constitution and elected provisional leaders for the NALC. The Rev. Paull Spring of State College, Pa., was elected as provisional bishop of the NALC. Spring served as the bishop of the Northwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) for 14 years.
Spring and other church leaders were elected for one-year terms. Those congregations that join the NALC will elect their own leaders at the church body’s first annual meeting next year. Spring has said that he will not be available for reelection. (Excerpted from the October 2010 issue of NALC News; read more)
Read the minutes of the Lutheran CORE Convocation containing references (highlighted in green) to the formation of the North American Lutheran Church.