Who are Lutherans?

A Lutheran is a follower of Jesus Christ, a member of the Christian Church. His or her faith centers on the good news of what God has done in Jesus Christ. Lutherans are the oldest of the groups that are heirs to the Reformation of the western church four or five centuries ago. There are about ten million Lutherans in the United States.

The word Lutheran was a nickname received in the sixteenth century. The denomination is named for the founder of the church Martin Luther (1483-1546) who, ironically, did not want to found a new church. Luther did not welcome such a designation for his fellow believers.