Our Church Affiliation

Our Church Affiliation

Salem Lutheran Church and School is a member of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS).  The synod formed in 1850 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the national offices are located still today.  With over 400,000 baptized member, WELS is the third largest Lutheran church body in America, with over 1,200 congregations in North America. 

WELS operates four ministerial education schools: Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary, Mequon, Wis.; Martin Luther College, New Ulm, Minn.; Luther Preparatory School, Watertown, Wis.; and Michigan Lutheran Seminary, Saginaw, Mich.

Nearly 500 years ago, the Christian church was corrupted by many false teachings. God used a man named Martin Luther led people back to the teachings of the Bible. His work, and that of his friends, is called the Reformation. Through Luther God restored the church to purity of doctrine and a new life of faith in Christ. The doctrines of the Lutheran Church are not new. They are the teachings of the Bible. Thus the Lutheran Church is not a new church. It is not a sect or cult. It is a church whose teaching is based on the words written by the prophets of the Old Testament and the apostles of the New Testament. The Bible tells us about Jesus Christ. The teachings of the Lutheran Church are those of the original, ancient church of the apostles and early Christians.

Salem Lutheran Church of Woodbury, MN, is pleased to be joined with Christians around the world through the worldwide ministry of the WELS.  By being a part of WELS, we celebrate our common faith in Jesus and his Word, and join our resources to do together what we cannot do as individual Christians or congregations. 

To learn more about the WELS, click here.