The Central Region of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren consists of a group of 33 congregations in the states of Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.
Our Central Region is where the CLB was formed in December of 1900 when five independent Lutheran congregations met in Milwaukee, WI to form a new denomination. These 5 churches in Minnesota and Wisconsin had a common bond flowing from their Lutheran theology, their Norwegian ethnicity and their strong commitment to evangelism and mission activity both in North America and internationally. The CLB’s first missionaries were sent to China just two years later in 1902.
As people were evangelized in the upper Midwest, new churches were formed and also intentionally planted so that the region has grown to its current size. The Central region is also home to the CLB denominational headquarters and seminary in Fergus Falls, MN and Inspiration Point Bible Camp in Clitheral, MN. Three of the largest CLB congregations are also located here in Moorhead, MN; Fergus Falls, MN and Eau Claire, WI.
The mission and heart of the churches in our region is to reach people with the good news of Jesus Christ and serve the Lord and His Church as His Kingdom comes in the midst of a changing culture that is less and less acquainted with the Scriptures and the message of the Gospel.
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On September 24, 2017, Kristian Anderson was installed as East Campus Congregational Life Pastor at Triumph Lutheran Brethren Church in Moorhead, MN.read more
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On June 17, 2017, Pastor Ben Hosch was ordained at Stavanger Lutheran Church in Fergus Falls, MN. Regional Pastor Stan Olsen officiated over the ceremony.read more
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https://vimeo.com/218036195 KRISTIAN ANDERSON: Kristian grew up in Brooklyn, New York. He moved to Sayville, NY during his junior year of high school and graduated from Sayville High School. He went on to study History and Political Science at Wagner College, and then...read more