Who We Are

First Evangelical Lutheran Church (First) is a congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. We are in the Baltimore-West Conference of the Delaware-Maryland Synod.

We are a vital congregation that spans generations, cultures, and languages.
Centered in God's grace, we believe it is our mission to be:
Welcoming, growing, & sharing in God's grace!

Here at First you will find vibrant worship in the best of the Lutheran tradition; a lively Sunday School; caring Stephen Ministers; music that matters; Hilltoppers (senior adults); middle and high school youth ministry; outreach to the community and the world; and more!

We welcome you to all that is ours in Christ!

Our Congregation

Founded in 1875, First moved to its present site in 1956, and has undergone several building additions, culminating in the present eight-sided sanctuary dedicated in 1996. In 2008 the First Lutheran Preschool was begun. Our staff includes a senior and associate pastor; directors of music, children and youth, and preschool; administrator, secretary, custodial/maintenance; and a preschool staff of twelve.

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Our members include 3rd generation families, but also many from across the country and around the world! When we pray in our home languages more than 7 languages are heard. We have a growing ministry with children and their families as well as youth. Our Preschool, part of our Outreach Ministry, welcomes families from our diverse surrounding community. At First we believe that diversity is a gift to be celebrated – we are all children of God.