"Ahlan wa-Sahlan," Welcome!

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan & the Holy Land (ELCJHL) is known for its warmth and hospitality as it welcomes visitors and pilgrims to the Holy Land from around the world. Though Palestinian Christians have been here since the first Pentecost, the roots of the ELCJHL are in the mid-19th century when German and English missionaries came to teach and minister to the local people. Today, we have five congregations in Jerusalem, Ramallah and the Bethlehem area and one in Amman, Jordan. The churches in Amman and Ramallah are comprised largely of families of refugees who fled their homes at the time of the tragic wars that followed the formation of Israel. We also operate four schools and four education programs.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land has established a strong presence in both Congregational and Educational Ministries. With support for men, women, and children of all faiths, ethnicities, and economic foundations, the ELCJHL is a living, breathing testimony to the Living Stones in the Holy Land.

We invite you to discover the depth of our work here in the challenging circumstances of occupied Palestine. You will be moved by how our ministries are alive in the people of our land.