The West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod (8-H) includes the 55 counties of West Virginia,
3 counties in Maryland (Allegheny, Garrett, and Washington), and 1 county in Virginia (western Frederick county).
We are one of 5 synods totally within Appalachia.
This has influenced not only our way of life, our heritage, but also our highway system. A favorite expression is “You can’t get there from here, but it is a beautiful trip.”
We are truly a rural synod in the mountains, and of the mountains.
The West Virginia-Western Maryland Synod is:
- One of the 65 synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
- One of the 8 synods of Region 8.
- Divided into 4 conferences with a Dean.
East - Vacant, Dean
West - Reverend Larry Cantu, Dean
- Ohio-Kanawha Valley
Childs, Reverend Wanda, Dean
- Monongahela Valley - Mountain
The Rev. Linda Muhly, Dean
- Upper Ohio Valley
Schafer, Reverend R. Paul , Dean
We have 1 Social ministry organization within the synod
We have 64 congregations
We have 1 developing mission congregation.
Size of congregations by baptized members:
- 1-175 members 37
- 176-350 members 14
- 351-500 members 5
- 501-700 members 5
- 701-950 members 2
- 951-1500 members 1
We have 14,672 Baptized members.
We have 11,008 Confirmed members.
Our average weekly worship attendance is 3115
Ordained Clergy / Lay Leaders
We have 36 Pastors under call.
We have 2 Pastors in specialized ministries.
We have 13 Retired pastors.
We have 1 Associate in Ministry.
We have 1 retired Associate in Ministry.
We have 22 Bishop’s Lay Worship Leaders.
Our Companion synod is the Betioky Atsimo Synod, Madagascar
Our Sister synod is the Indiana-Kentucky Synod