Welcome to the Eastern District of The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod. Our district is home to many congregations throughout New York, Pennsylvania and the panhandle of Maryland. Our congregations exist to point people to the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Our district desires healthy leaders vigorously equipping God’s people to promote kingdom growth.  Click here to learn more about who we are.

This website is a resource of information. People and links are provided to enhance your ministry to the people you serve. It has been designed for ease of navigation. It is further complimented by the other communication vehicles of the Eastern District – Breaking New Ground and E-News.


At the heart of the Christian faith is the cross of Christ.

“But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world,” (Gal. 6:14).  It was on the cross that our sins were nailed and it is at the foot of the cross where we sinners gather for confession and absolution.  The new logo for the Eastern District of the LCMS is a simple cross because we have a simple, yet profound message to share: God has saved the world through Jesus’ death and resurrection.


The yellow and pink shapes at the bottom of the cross symbolize the fire of the Holy Spirit that appeared over the heads of the disciples on the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2).  This same Spirit enlightens and sanctifies the whole Christian Church today.  The pink and purple hues transition to blue hues toward the top of the cross.  These shapes and colors symbolize the flowing Baptismal waters that bring forgiveness and a new identity to God’s people.  All of the shapes within the cross also resemble a topographical map highlighting hills and valleys.  The Eastern District includes Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, Niagara Falls, the Finger Lakes, the Appalachian Mountains, and other beautiful sights in God’s creation.  The Church gathers in places all over the Eastern District to proclaim the message of the cross to a world in need of Jesus.