About Us

Luther Rose Stained Glass Window in Sanctuary
Luther Rose Stained Glass Window in Sanctuary


We are an Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) congregation dedicated to the mission of Jesus Christ, and welcome you to this community of faith, where we share life in its entirety, with all its joys and sorrows. We believe all people are created in the image of God and are offered God’s love, grace and forgiveness, regardless of:  religious tradition, age, gender, race, education, economic status, sexual orientation, family structure, mental or physical abilities. We hope you find worship meaningful at First Lutheran Church. To learn more about what ELCA Lutherans believe, click here

Our History
First Lutheran Church has its historic roots in the Lutheran faith brought to Duluth by Norwegian immigrants.  The Early First Lutheran Church, established in 1870 and Bethesda Lutheran Church, formed in 1892, merged for form the present congregation in 1945.

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