Who We Are

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (ELCA) was found in 1953 and is located in Rochester, MN. We have a rich history as a consistent place for the Rochester area community to gather in faith and love. We believe there are many thresholds to connecting with God including worship, music, contemplative practices, conversation, and relationships.

Our Mission

To create a safe space to share our stories and continue on life's journey together.


Welcome statement

At Gloria Dei, all people are welcome without distinction. We believe the invitation of Jesus was radical and all-inclusive, and we want to be the kind of community that says and does the things Jesus did.

In this faith community, our welcome is wide open:

  • Open to people of all colors, backgrounds, and abilities.
  • Open to people who are straight, gay, bi, transgender, or questioning.
  • Open to all generations, young, old, and in between.
  • Open to people of all income levels.
  • Open to lifelong followers of Jesus, occasional attenders, curious onlookers, people with doubts, and those who don’t quite fit the “box.”

Our invitation is open to all people because we believe everyone is created in God’s image, and that includes you.

Join us as we meet at the cross, come together as one community, gather around one table to be fed, and go into the one and only world we have to serve.

You are welcome here!

Ministry insights

In sharing our stories together, we are reminded that we are all a part of this journey together and that we don't have all the answers.

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