The Slovak Zion Synod
is one of the 65 regional bodies that make up the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
. It is the only non-geographic synod in the ELCA, and the only synod based on mission and outreach. The synod was founded by Slovak immigrants
in 1919 as the Slovak Evangelical Lutheran Zion Synod
and joined with the United Lutheran Church in America
remaining as a separate synod in that denomination. The policy continued when the ULCA merged into the Lutheran Church in America
(1962) and later the ELCA (1988).
Currently, the synod has 26 congregations located in Connecticut, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Ontario, Canada.
The Rev. Wilma S. Kucharek is currently bishop of the Slovak Zion Synod, elected in 2002. She succeeded the Rev. Juan Čobrda (1993 - 2002) who succeeded the Rev. Kenneth E. Zindle.