The groundwork for the Czech Evangelical Lutheran Church was laid when Thoughts of Faith sent a missionary to Czechoslovakia in 1990. In 1991, another missionary was sent and St. Paul’s Lutheran Church was established in Plzen, an industrial city in Western Bohemia. Since that time, two other congregations have been established. The Czech Evangelical Lutheran Church was accepted into membership of the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference, a worldwide organization of confessional Lutheran churches, in 2002.
In June 2009, the first two Czech clergy were ordained following years of study with American missionary pastors. The two serve St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Plzen, which is housed in the facility of Martin Luther School (MLS). MLS currently educates over 200 Czech children. Regular church services and outreach activities in several villages near Plzen are also conducted by the pastors.
Church Body Statistics
Baptized Members: 249
The first congregation of the Czech Evangelical Lutheran Church, St. Paul’s was established in 1991 in the city of Plzen. Plzen is a city of about 175,000 inhabitants in Western Bohemia. The first services were held in the wine cellar of the former Dominican monastery near the city center. The congregation moved to Skvrnany, a western suburb of Plzen, in 1992. Today the congregation meets in St. Paul’s chapel at Martin Luther School. The congregation has grown to 120 members. Services are held at 10:00 on Sunday mornings. Bible classes and instruction classes are held at different times throughout the year. Pastors Martin Vrsecky and Petr Krakora serve the St. Paul’s congregation.
Holy Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church—Horni Briza
The Holy Cross congregation was begun in 2000 at the suggestion of one of the members of St. Paul’s congregation. Horni Briza has about 6,000 inhabitants and has no church. The congregation meets in one of the members’ home and is served by pastor Petr Krakora.
The St. Peter’s congregation began to meet in a local chapel in December 2001. The building is owned by the town and has been leased to the congregation. Pastor Petr Krakora serves St. Peter’s congregation.
Rev. Martin Vrsecky
Rev. Petr Krakora
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