From the Pastor…

Welcome to First Evangelical Lutheran Church and School.  The Mission of First Lutheran Church is to Preach, Teach and Outreach with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Through the ministries of our church and school we want all people to grow in our relationship with Jesus.  First Lutheran Church is a 500 member congregation affiliated with the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, the eighth largest Protestant denomination in the United States and the second largest Lutheran body.  The word Synod means “walking together.”  As a ministry we have been walking together in the Fort Smith area since 1853.  God has blessed us for over 150 years and will continue to bless us as we move through the 21st century.  Jesus Christ has given us the gift of eternal life by His death on the cross and resurrection from the grave.  Our desire is to live and share that gift of abundant life, and we would love to share it with you.  you are welcome to join us in living that life by serving God and our neighbor.

Commitment to Christ

Our Faith is grounded in a living relationship with Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and Lord.

Our Worship center in praise to God the Father, Christ His Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Our Message is the Good News of salvation in Christ.  We make Him the focus of everything we believe and do, from worship, to activities, to community outreach.  Within our community, we share God’s love, as we share a love and acceptance of each other.


Mission Statement

Recognizing the call of our Lord Jesus Christ to “go and disciple all nations”, First Evangelical Lutheran Church of Fort Smith, Arkansas, will equip the members of the congregation to be disciples of Christ while reaching out to bring others to be followers of the Lord Jesus – that all may have abundant life now, as well as life eternal, through God-glorifying worship, the grace-delivering Word and Sacraments, Gospel-centered education, and Christ-like acts of caring.

Vision Statement

The Mission of First Lutheran Church is to Preach, Teach, and Outreach with the Gospel of Christ. Therefore, we shall, as a congregation, through the power of the Holy Spirit, reach out to all people and all families, regardless of their age and background, so that we all may grow in our relationship with Jesus.



Emphasis for the Church

Actions of the 64th Regular Convention of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod produced a number of changes for our beloved Synod, not least of which were the election of President Matthew C. Harrison and the adoption of a number of resolutions brought forward by the Blue Ribbon Task Force on Synod Structure and Governance.  While delegates at the convention made dramatic decisions that will affect the future of the LCMS, its congregational principle and scriptural foundations remain unchanged.  And as President Harrison assumed his new responsibilities for leadership of the church and began pondering how to fulfill the responsibility of implementing the restructuring approved by convention, he wanted to start by focusing on the church’s work and the emphasis of:

Witness, Mercy, Life Together.

These phrases illustrate how the church lives and works together to proclaim the Gospel and to provide for our brothers and sisters in Christ in our congregations, communities and throughout the world.   And in all we do, Christ is at the center, leading us, sustaining us, keeping us focused on our mission.  This will never change.


In Christ, for the Church and the World.