Who We Are

Gloria Dei Lutheran Church (ELCA) was found in 1953 and is located in Rochester, MN. We believe there are many thresholds to connecting with God including worship, music, contemplative practices, conversation, and relationships. We are open and affirming which means we not only welcome those who identify as LGBTQ but also support them to be who God created them to be.

We are a community that values abundance, stories of life to faith, active participation, open spirituality, and is open to questions and doubts.

We are very proud of our Welcome Statement as we are open and affirming of people from all walks of life and backgrounds. This passionate welcome can be found in all areas of our ministry, from worship experiences to children and youth activities to service in our community and beyond.

From Our Members


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 of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions.

  • 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!

Our community values

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. Our values are: 

  • An Abundant Life Now

  • Life to Faith Stories

  • Active Participation

  • Open Spirituality

  • Questions and Doubts

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Image Release

We record and photograph our worship experiences and all events. We use these images and video for promotional material. We ask that if you don’t want photos to be taken of yourself or children, email the Communications Director.