German church extends interchurch relations

The Evangelical Lutheran Free Church of Germany (ELFC) held its 80th convention May 27-29 in Crimmitschau, Saxony, and adopted two resolutions of significance for interchurch relations. The first established formal fellowship with the Lutheran Confessional Church of Sweden and Norway. The second reaffirmed fellowship with the 12 partner churches--including WELS--in the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference.

The convention re-elected President Gerhard Wilde, pastor of St. John in Zwickau-Planitz, to another four-year term. He has been president of ELFC since 1977. ELFC has 2080 souls served by 15 pastors and two vicars. The theological seminary in Leipzig has four students.

Representing WELS at the convention were Professors Armin Schuetze, Richard Strobel, and Wilbert Gawrisch, Pastor John Sullivan from Russia, and European civilian chaplain Daniel Balge.