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Florida-Georgia District (LCMS)

The Florida-Georgia District is one of the 35 districts of the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS), and encompasses the states of Georgia and Florida, with the exception of the Florida Panhandle which is part of the Southern District; in addition, four Florida congregation and three Georgia congregations are in the non-geographic English District, and four more Florida congregations are in the SELC District. The Florida-Georgia District includes approximately 183 congregations and missions, subdivided into 22 circuits, as well as 41 preschools, 43 elementary schools and 2 high schools. Baptized membership in district congregations is near 70,000.

The Florida-Georgia District was formed in 1948 out of the Southern District, with a number of Georgia congregations also moving from the Southeastern District. District offices are located in Orlando, Florida; the Rev. Dr. Gerhard Michael, Jr. has been the district president since 1997, and was reelected to a fourth term in 2006 Delegates from each congregation meet in convention every three years to elect the district president, vice presidents, circuit counselors, a board of directors, and other officers; the last convention was held on June 9-11, 2006, and the next will be held in 2009.


  • Rev. Conrad F. Kellermann, 1948–57
  • Rev. Frederick W. Lorberg, 1957–63
  • Rev. August Bernthal, 1963–74
  • Rev. L. Lloyd Behnken, 1974–87 (died in office)
  • Rev. Thomas R. Zehnder, 1987-97
  • Rev. Gerhard C. Michael, Jr., 1997-present

Oldest congregations

Largest congregations

Membership totals are c. 2006.

Congregations and missions

Congregations established prior to 1930, or having 600 or more members, are noted (membership figures are c. 2006); in the absence of one or both of these within a circuit, the oldest and/or largest congregation is noted.

Circuit 1 (Northeast Georgia)

Circuit 2 (Atlanta North)

Circuit 3 (Atlanta South)

Circuit 4 (East Central Georgia)

Circuit 5 (Tallahassee)

Circuit 6 (First Coast)

Circuit 7 (North Central Florida)

Circuit 8 (Space Coast)

Circuit 9 (Orlando East)

Circuit 10 (Orlando West)

Circuit 11 (Winter Haven)

Circuit 12 (Heartland)

Circuit 13 (Suncoast)

Circuit 14 (St. Petersburg)

Circuit 15 (Tampa)

Circuit 16 (Sarasota)

Circuit 17 (Southwest)

Circuit 18 (Treasure Coast)

Circuit 19 (South Palm Beach)

Circuit 20 (Gold Coast)

Circuit 21 (North Miami)

Circuit 22 (South Miami)

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