About KELC

WHO WE ARE: Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church [KELC] is a Christian Church operating in Kenya founded upon the Word of God, as it is written in the Old and New Testaments.

As a Church, we profess our faith through three ecumenical creeds: the Apostles’ Creed, the Nicene Creed, and the Athanasian Creed. Following the Lutheran tradition, we regard the unaltered Augsburg Confessions and the Small Catechism of Martin Luther as true explanations of the Word of God.

VISION: A Church living abundant life through Jesus Christ now and eternity – John 10:10

MISSION: To accomplish the transformation of people’s lives into wholeness of life by proclaiming the gospel of Christ through preaching, teaching, serving and making Disciples of Christ. We accomplish these through;

  1. Fellowship (Koinonia), – Ushirika (Mdo. 2:42);
  2. Worship (Litrugia), – Ibada ‘Utaratibu’;
  3. Training (Eruditio), – Mafundisho;
  4. Service (Diakonia), – Huduma za Huruma;
  5. Witness (Martyria), – Ushuhuda kwa uwazi.


The Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church [KELC] was formerly known as The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania – Kenya Synod of [ELCT-Kenya Synod]. The Church originated from the work that German and Swedish Lutheran missionaries prior to the First World War, in the former German colony of Tanganyika who left the area in the early 1940s. Lutheran services in Kenya were established in 1965 in Nairobi and Mombasa congregations as a request of Tanzanian members of the ELCT working in Kenya. The ELCT-Kenya Synod was officially registered in Kenya in 1968.

The mission work expanded over a much wider area and steps were taken to become autonomous. In 1989 the Kenya Synod was permitted to register as an independent entity. It was officially inaugurated as the Kenya Evangelical Lutheran Church [KELC] in 1992. Out of the initial 2 congregations, the Church has expanded and grown. Currently KELC has 4 Church Districts positioned in 15 out of 47 Counties of Kenya. The Church has 20 Parishes, 16 Mission areas totaling to 36 Units with more than 180 congregations with. Her membership is above 25,000 served by 21 Pastors, 3 being women, 6 deacons of whom 1 is a woman. We have 10 female parish workers who are also trained as evangelists, 37 evangelists, 5 retired clergy serving as volunteers and 230 lay preachers at congregational level.

KELC is in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America [ELCA], the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Bavaria – Mission EineWelt [ELCB-MEW], the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Northern Germany – Zentrum für Mission und Ökumene [ELCNG-ZMÖ], the Niederberg Church District of The Evangelical Church in the Rhineland, Germany, Ulricehamn Parish of the Church of Sweden and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Tanzania [ELCT]. KELC is an active member of the National Council of Churches of Kenya [NCCK], the Lutheran Communion in Central and Eastern Africa [LUCCEA], the All Africa Conference of Churches [AACC], the Lutheran World Federation [LWF], and the World Council of Churches [WCC].

Please visit our department pages to see all activities happening within KELC.