The synod office is currently open but closed for public gatherings. Staff are masked when in the office; contact by phone.

About Us

Learn more about the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.


The North Carolina Synod is one of 65 synods in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. The synod is guided by an elected bishop and a synod council comprised of ordained and lay members. Together, they oversee the ministry of the synod's congregations and rostered ministers. The bishop and staff in the office of the bishop provide support to congregations and leaders.

Synod Office Hours

The synod office is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 safety concerns. Appointments may be made to meet your needs. Staff continue to work socially-distanced or from home.

Our History

Organized in 1803 to help congregations find qualified pastors, the NC Synod unites just under 200 North Carolina congregations of the ELCA.

NC Synod Staff

Bishop Timothy M. Smith, elected in 2015, and re-elected in 2021 to a six-year term. Bishop Smith is joined by talented and committed staff members to accomplish the work of the synod.

Meeting Rooms & Chapel

The office has meeting rooms and a chapel available for synod-affiliated groups. [CURRENTLY CLOSED due to COVID-19 safety concerns.]

The synod office is the administrative building of the NC Synod, ELCA, centrally located in Salisbury.

Meeting rooms and a chapel are available to be reserved by synod-affiliated groups. The office is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 safety concerns. Contact Diane Ryan with questions.


Find a Congregation

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Synod News

Browse updates, news, and upcoming events.

By the Numbers

Synod Facts




Baptized Members


Rostered Ministers


Agencies & Institutions
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