In Mission Together
We envision ourselves to be one of the most mission-oriented, dynamic, innovative and fast-growing synods in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Planted in one of the fastest growing and demographically diverse areas of the country, the Northern Texas-Northern Louisiana Synod is committed to developing leadership to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ, growing our congregations, and welcoming all people to share in this life-giving message of hope, inclusion, and justice.
To raise up leaders who can model Christian discipleship, preach the Law and the Gospel, develop and grow communities of faith, work for justice, and welcome all to the table of grace.
Leaders are essential to the mission of the Gospel. NT-NL is committed to developing leaders of all ages to serve, proclaim good news, and work for justice. This includes leaders in local congregations, as well as rostered leaders in the ELCA.
Ministers of Word and Sacrament, as well as Word and Service, are official rosters of our church. These individuals have gone through education, formation, and have been officially rostered as leaders in our communities. These leaders can be found on this website.
We give thanks for the heritage of the Lutheran Confessional witness in North Texas. In our territory is the oldest continually operating Lutheran community in the State of Texas at Four Mile in Mabank dating to 1847. However, the majority of our congregations are less than 50 years old, and we have a vibrant outreach into the diversity of North Texas with congregations worshipping in five different languages, including Spanish, Swahili, Oromo, Finnish, and Indonesian.
The geographical area includes Northern Louisiana including Shreveport; Northern Texas generally north of a line from Marshall, Longview, Tyler, Rosebud, Bartlett (Temple area), Killeen, San Angelo, Midland/Odessa; and also Durant, Oklahoma, and Clovis, New Mexico.
There are over 25,000 members in the 106 congregations in our synod, with 159 ordained ministers, 21 Synodically-Authorized Worship Leaders (SAWLs), and 6 Associates in Ministry (AiMs).
The Rev. Erik K. J. Gronberg serves the NT-NL Synod as its bishop. The Synod Council provides governance between synod assemblies and is made up of the officers of NT-NL, a lay person from each of eight conferences, six ordained ministers, and two youth.Our Staff