Congregation

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, an ELCA congregation, was founded on June 4, 1908 as a mission congregation of First Lutheran Church, the first Lutheran congregation to take root in Minnesota territory. Originally located in a small church building on Victoria and Hague in St. Paul, the church moved to its current location at Snelling and Highland Parkway in 1951. Today our community of faith serves thousands of members, our neighborhood and local and global ministries. We have come this far by grace. Gloria Dei belongs to the Saint Paul Area Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA). Our congregation has 2,500 members.

Mission Statement & Guiding Principles

Safe Community at Gloria Dei

By God’s grace, we are called to be a caring, healing and welcoming community who proclaim and celebrate the love of Jesus Christ, live as God’s servants and seek justice for all people. Click here to view Gloria Dei's Guiding Principles.

Land Acknowledgment Statement, adopted 2021
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church recognizes that its building stands on traditional Dakota land near Bdote Mni Sota, the confluence of the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers, the center of creation for Dakota people and also sacred to Ojibwe. The congregation acknowledges that this land was taken from Indigenous people by exploitation and violence. Given the deep significance of this sacred ground, as well as its painful history, the congregation recognizes its responsibility to use this land, its building and mission for the work of reconciliation and healing with Native people. The congregation repents of this injustice that continues to harm Native communities and pledges to work for justice, peace and the well being of all creation.

The Gloria Dei Congregation is committed to preventing sexual misconduct within the church and throughout our communities by rostered ministers, other employees, congregation members, participants, or volunteers, and to responding promptly with justice and compassion when such misconduct occurs.

We have processes in place for those who work with Children, Youth and Vulnerable Adults at Gloria Dei. As our church leaders build on that, we implemented a Policy and Process on Reporting and Responding to Sexual Misconduct at Gloria Dei.