The Lutheran Church began as a reform movement in Northern Europe in 1517. Martin Luther was the leader of this movement. His studies of the gospel convinced him that we are saved by faith not works. Lutheran churches are found across the globe in Germany and Scandinavia, East Africa, India, Indonesia and the United States. In the US, the ELCA is one of several Lutheran churches, with 3.5 million members.
Prince of Peace Lutheran Church is a participating congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The presiding bishop of the ELCA is Elizabeth Eaton. The ELCA is organized around 62 synods, and Prince of Peace is part of the Southeastern Iowa Synod, with offices in Iowa City. The bishop of our synod is Amy Current.