The Eastern Region of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren is a group of congregations in the states of Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island.
Our Eastern Region was birthed from the flow of immigrants from Norway in the early 1900’s. It was spiritually formed by the intermission spiritual movement that included informal congregations that were “prayer houses,” evangelistic movements and especially foreign mission movements that were independent but affiliated with the Lutheran state church of Norway.
It began this way. In 1905 a group of believers in Brooklyn, NY organized a young people’s society named “Fredens Baand” (Bond of Peace). In 1912 eighteen members of this society formed the Norwegian Evangelical Lutheran Free Church, later to be popularly known as “59th Street Lutheran Church.” Together with the churches similarly organized in Staten Island and in Manhattan, the Eastern Region of the Church of the Lutheran Brethren began to form. Even until today, most of the congregations of the Eastern Region have been formed out of the immigrant flow that came through New York City.
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