Who We Are

Foundational Overview and History of the Free Evangelical Lutheran Synod in South Africa (FELSISA).

Our Faith

Find out more about ouf faith and what we believe, teach and confess. Triune God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit)

Our Mission

Our mission statement implies a church in motion – moving forward. Trusting. Welcoming. Caring.
Welcome to


Trusting. Welcoming. Caring.

We welcome you to the website of the Free Evangelical Lutheran Synod in South Africa (FELSISA). The FELSISA was founded in 1892. Its roots are traced back to the Hermannsburg Mission in Germany when a cohort of missionaries were sent to South Africa by the Mission Director, Pastor Ludwig Harms. Although its roots lie in Germany, the FELSISA endeavours to be a church for all South Africans.

Dieter Reinstorf

It is bound to the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testament as the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and the Lutheran Confessions as the true and faithful exposition of the Scriptures. As such the FELSISA is a confessional Lutheran church and a member of the ILC. We would be most grateful if you should join us in divine worship in one of our congregations and actively support our mission to proclaim the Kingdom of God in word and in deed.

The emblem of the FELSISA, modelled after the Celtic cross, depicts both the death and the resurrection of Jesus, the “wonders of God” (Acts 2:11) that we wish to declare both humbly and boldly.

FELSISA Diakonia

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Music in the church is highly valued in the FELSISA.

Building upon the rich heritage of church music in our Lutheran congregations, the synod is devoted to various structures, associations and organisations that strive to continually give praise to the Glory of God through music in the church.

What is happening in the FELSISA?

Upcoming Events

You can find all events happening in the FELSISA on synodical level grouped here. All official gatherings, retreats, conventions, festivals and camps are listed. More information on each event can be found under Our Life. Unfortunately, due to COVID-19, all upcoming events are cancelled until further notice.

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The latest news and updates from our newsletters!

The quarterly newsletters of the FELSISA contain articles on a variety of topics, including a devotion, exploring theological topics, commentating on current events, reporting on events happening within the synod, interesting developments in the mission field and other updates. The articles can be read on the blog or you can subscribe to receive the newsletters regularly.

Youth Day 2022

Kerstin Gevers (Arcadia Youth) For the first time in 3 years, we finally experienced a winter youth day like before COVID! With the masks no …

Synodical Church Councillors’ Retreat

Klaus Schirmer, Durban On the 4th and 5th of November over 50 church councillors and pastors gathered at the Fels Retreat in Paulpietersburg for the …

Ordination und Einführung: Werner Straeuli

Pastor Christian Straeuli, Greytown In der Mitte des Jahres 2021 wurde Pastor Helmut Paul berufen, seinen Dienst im Weinberg Gottes in der St. Peter’s Lutheran …