About Us

About Us

Committed to God, committed to each other and committed to sharing the saving Gospel, the first missionaries from the WELS entered Apacheland in 1893. The Arizona-California District hasn’t looked back since. We are committed to reaching out to the people of Arizona, California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico and West Texas. We are committed to building up believers already gathered around the pure Word of God at our WELS churches and schools.

Numbering over 23,000 souls in 110 congregations, the Arizona-California District has had an impact far beyond its numbers. She has shared the workers who have served her and the sons and daughters she has borne as pastors, teachers and faithful laymen throughout our nation and world, and as professors in our synodical schools, college and seminary.

A historic leader in mission work grounded in the Word of God and the Lutheran Confessions, the Arizona-California District retains the same commitment to God and each other as the first missionaries had when they set up their tents in Apacheland. We are blessed to call this land our home and invite you to learn more about us.