Hmong Evangelical Lutheran Church Our Brothers and Sisters in Christ
The Hmong Evangelical Lutheran Church currently meets as a congregation at AELC. We are so happy to share God's space with them. They are a Lutheran congregation specifically dedicated to the Hmong community within the Philadelphia, Berks, and Lancaster counties. Click below for more information: Learn more about us on Facebook Living Lutheran from ELCA Email: HmongELCA@hotmail.com
The History In 1978, Saint Simeon's Lutheran Church in Philadelphia sponsored the first Hmong family from Laos to the Greater Philadelphia area, Mr & Mrs. Chou Koua Kue. Over the next three years, Saint Simeon would continue to sponsor over 15 Hmong families. All 15 families became active congregational members of Saint Simeon. During 1986, there were 24 Hmong families attending services at Saint Simeon's Lutheran Church. As more Hmong familes moved into the Philadelphia area, they were encouraged to join Saint Simeon's congregation.
In 1989, with the number of familes reaching 34 familes, the Saint Simeon's Council decided to allow and support the first Hmong service for the Hmong members. The service was conducted, at the time, by Deacon ShongChai Hang and Rev Miller. The service was a success, thus confirming the offical offering of the first Hmong Sunday Service with the ELCA. Saint Simeon's Council also decided a Hmong pastor was needed to serve the newly initiated service. In late 1989, a $4000 grant was given to Deacon ShongChai Hang to pursue his Lutheran studies at the Philadelphia Lutheran Theological Seminary at 7301 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia.
Finally, in February of 1996, the Hmong members at Saint Simeon's Lutheran Church formed and established the Hmong Community Evangelical Lutheran Church. At the same time, the Hmong members were organizating their church, Saint Simeon's American congregation was facing struggles with lack of local community support and low membership. The church was forced to eventually close or be taken over by the new Hmong church. However, as a newly formed group with lower-income members and no experience running an entire church/building, the Synod, along with the Hmong council, decided not to reside at Saint Simeon. The Hmong Community Evangelical Lutheran Church finally found a home at Holy Spirit Lutheran church in early 1996 and continued there until May of 2005. The church then migrated to St. John's Lutheran church in Pottstown from June 2005 through June 2012. With all of it's members relocated and settled within Berks & Lancaster counties, the church found a new home at Allegheny Evangelical Lutheran Church in 2012.
We would like to express our sincere gratitude and appreciation to Allegheny for their service and for accepting our Hmong congregation. We look forward to many more years and opportunities to share our God with each other. God bless you AELC.