29 August 2015 — Bishop V’yascheslav Horpynchuk of the Ukraine Lutheran Church (ULC) gives a brief history of Lutheranism in the Ukraine that explains how the three Lutheran churches in Ukraine came to be. The Missouri Synod currently is not in altar and pulpit fellowship with any of the three Lutheran Churches in the Ukraine. The Ukraine Lutheran Church (ULC) is a partner church of the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS) and the Evangelical Lutheran Synod (ELS). The ULC has about 20 congregations with about 700 communicant members.

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Representatives from the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine,
the Ukraine Lutheran Church, and the Missouri Synod met in Kiev

Dr. Quill and Dr. Collver traveled to the Ukraine at the request of Bishop Serge Maschewski to visit the German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine (DELKU). The German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine has 31 congregations, 14 pastors, and a few thousand members. Over the coming week, we will have an opportunity to get to know this church body better. The German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine (DELKU) accepts the inspiration and inerrancy of the Holy Scriptures and subscribes to the Book of Concord.

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Dr. Quill, President Constantine, Deacon Igor

The German Evangelical Lutheran Church in Ukraine (DELKU) has a bishop who handles spiritual matters of the church and a president who handles administrative matters for the church. They also ordain deacons who are able to assist or to conduct the liturgy as well as preach under the supervision of a pastor.

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Kiev is a beautiful city.

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The golden gate of Kiev

Check back later in the week to learn more about the Lutheran churches in the Ukraine.

— Rev. Albert B. Collver, Ph.D., Director of Church Relations