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The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod
Abbreviation LCMS
Classification Lutheran
Orientation Confessional Lutheran
Structure National synod, 35 middle level districts, and local congregations
President Matthew C. Harrison
Associations Member of the International Lutheran Council
In altar and pulpit fellowship with the American Association of Lutheran Churches
Former member of Synodical Conference and Lutheran Council—USA.
Region United States, especially in the Upper Midwest.
Headquarters Kirkwood, Missouri
Founder C. F. W. Walther
Origin April 26, 1847
Chicago, Illinois
Separated from German Landeskirchen
Absorbed Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Illinois and Other States (1880)
Evangelical Lutheran Concordia Synod of Pennsylvania and Other States (1886)
English Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri and Other States (1911)
Synodical Conference Negro Mission (1961)
National Evangelical Lutheran Church (1964)
Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (1971)
Separations Orthodox Lutheran Conference (1951)
Lutheran Churches of the Reformation (1964)
Association of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (1976),
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Brazil (1980)
Evangelical Lutheran Church of Argentina (1986)
Lutheran Church–Canada (1988)
Congregations 6,101
Members 2,017,834 baptized
1,584,251 confirmed
Primary schools 793
Secondary schools 86
Tertiary schools 2 seminaries, 9 colleges and universities
Other name(s) German: Die Deutsche Evangelisch-Lutherische Synode von Missouri, Ohio und andern Staaten
German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States
Publications The Lutheran Witness
Reporter

The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod (LCMS or Missouri Synod) is a Lutheran denomination in the United States. It has 2 million members. This makes it the second-largest Lutheran group in the country. The LCMS was organized in 1847 at a meeting in Chicago, Illinois. At first it was called the German Evangelical Lutheran Synod of Missouri, Ohio, and Other States (German: Die Deutsche Evangelisch-Lutherische Synode von Missouri, Ohio und andern Staaten).

The LCMS has congregations in all 50 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. More than half of its members are located in the Midwest. It is a member of the International Lutheran Council. The LCMS's headquarters are in Kirkwood, Missouri.

The current president has been Matthew C. Harrison since September 1, 2010.

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