Ahlan wa-Sahlan! Welcome!
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and 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 lived in the Holy Land since the first Pentecost, the roots of the ELCJHL lie in the mid-19th century, when German and English missionaries came to teach and minister to the local people. The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land has since established a strong presence in both Congregational and Educational Ministries.
Today, we have five congregations located in Jerusalem, Ramallah, and the Bethlehem area, and one congregation 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 following the formation of the State of Israel.
The ELCJHL operates four K-12 Schools in Bethlehem, Beit Sahour, Beit Jala, and Ramallah. Additionally, we facilitate three educational ministries: the al-Mahaba Kindergarten on the Mount of Olives, the Martin Luther Community Development Center in the Old City of Jerusalem, and the Environmental Education Center in Beit Jala. These institutions together provide vibrant and exceptional academic and vocational education to the community.
With support for youth, women, men, 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.