First English Evangelical Lutheran Church

PHONE:  (412) 471-8125

The First English Evangelical Lutheran Church has served downtown Pittsburgh since its founding in 1837 as the First English-speaking Lutheran church west of the Alleghenies.

Architecturally, First Lutheran Church is of special artistic interest because of the unity of its artistic embellishments.

The extraordinary pieces of ecclesiastical art (four above all: the mosaic of the Presentation above the altar, the tabernacle, the Good Shepherd window and the free-standing altar) are each of great individual interest, beauty and power. These pieces, however function not just as separate works but are parts of a whole fabric of intentional design, with echoes of and illusions to each other that in their interaction give a remarkable unity and force to the individual works and to the building which houses them.

It is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), a Christian denomination formed through a merger in 1988. ELCA’s beliefs are rooted in the works of German theology professor Martin Luther (1483-1546) while reflecting more modern approaches to scripture. Today, it is the seventh-largest religious body and the largest Lutheran denomination in the United States

The church’s office is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Parking is available on Sundays at the Mellon Square and Smithfield/Liberty garages for $1.00 when your ticket is validated at the church, see an usher before you leave.

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615 Grant Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222 United States