Church of the Redeemer--English Speaking Congregation
The English-Speaking Congregation of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
One of four congregations which call the Church of the Redeemer in Jerusalem home, this congregation is a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) and a vital part of the work of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL). We are a diverse congregation with a variety of expressions of the Christian faith, groups, nationalities, and backgrounds leading and participating in our gathered community.
In this land twenty centuries ago, the Church was born. God filled the newborn Church with God’s Spirit and with an abundance of gifts to carry out its mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God to all the world.
That mission continues at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. Like the early apostles, we witness God's presence, grace, and love for all people in the life, death and resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth, the Christ. We follow the rhythm of the church year, commencing with Advent in December, which leads into the sharing of Christmas in the land of our Lord’s birth. The long period of preparation for Easter culminates in remembrance of Jesus’ death and then a joyous celebration of Easter only meters from where his Resurrection took place.
St. John’s Chapel
The chapel in which we worship was built in the early 12th century as part of a large pilgrim hostel and convent named St. Mary Latine Minor and was one of many structures erected in Jerusalem by the Crusader Knights of St. John. The chapel and courtyard were restored again in 1995 to reflect their 12th century character.
Worship with Us
Join us for worship! You are most welcome, whether you are a recent arrival in Jerusalem, a long-term resident, or a guest or visitor to the Holy Land. The English-speaking Congregation of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer invites you to worship on Sundays at 9:00 a.m. in St. John’s Chapel.
Meet the Pastors of the English-Speaking Redeemer Congregation
Reverend Sally Azar
Pastor Sally was born and raised in Jerusalem. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Theology from the Near East School of Theology in Beirut, Lebanon, which she received in 2019. In 2022 she finished her Masters of International Theology from the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen and Hermannsburg, Germany. She continued in her internship until December of 2022 during which she served at the Evangelische Johanneskirche Frohnau in Germany.
Sally is very involved in the international Lutheran community, serving as a Council Member of the Lutheran World Federation, and and on the board of ACT Alliance.
Reverend Sally is the first Palestinian woman to serve as an ordained pastor in Palestine/the Holy Land.
Reverend Doctor Meghan Aelabouni
Pastor Meghan is a graduate of California Lutheran University and the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago. She was ordained in 2007. In 2021, she earned her doctorate in Religion, Media, and Culture. Reverend Doctor Meghan served in the Chicago and Denver areas before moving to the Holy Land. She is married to Rev. Gabi Aelabouni, and has three kids, Ethan, Natalie, and Luke.
Sunday: 9:00 a.m.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
English Speaking Congregation
Jerusalem 9114002 (via Israel)