Our congregations

Our congregations are the face and the backbone of the DELKINA; they reflect the diversity of German-speaking Protestants in North America.

There are historic immigrant congregations with long and impressive histories like Old Zion in Philadelphia (1742), Zion Lutheran Church in Baltimore (1755), Zion in Brooklyn Heights, NY, or Trinity Lutheran Church in Edmonton, Alberta. There are also relatively recent German congregations with significant numbers of expatriates, temporary residents and business people, for example in Charlotte (German Church in Charlotte), Toronto, Washington/DC, and Florida.

Most of the congregations participating in the DELKINA are member congregations of one of the larger Lutheran church bodies in the United States or Canada and are bilingual, offering worship services both in English and in German. Some are defined as German speaking worshiping communities without a formal congregational structure. If you would like information about potential irregularly scheduled German services in your area (i.e. those scheduled 1-3 times a year), please contact the DELKINA executive.

Many of our congregations are ecumenically minded. They welcome visitors from a large spectrum of Christian denominations, serving people who desire to participate in a German language service from time to time.