FLC is a worshipping community in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati (across from Washington Park directly next to the Washington Park Streetcar Platform). We are rooted in the belief that the Christian gospel is true, compelling, and transformative. We are a collection of people from all walks and stages of life. Our stories, backgrounds, and interests are varied. But, we are held together by one common bond: We believe that God’s grace in Jesus is the good news the world needs to hear, experience, and live into.
So, wherever you are on your faith journey, whether you are committed to following Jesus Christ, are skeptical, or are just mildly curious about Christianity, we welcome you.
FLC is connected to the church regionally and nationally. Nationally, we are a member congregation of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. This connection provides us with partnership in mission, accountability, and support. We live out our ties regionally through our membership in the Southern Ohio Synod, which includes congregations in Columbus, Dayton, and Cincinnati.
“We are saved by faith alone, but the faith that saves is never alone.”
― Martin Luther
First English Evangelical Lutheran Church started in 1842 with a handful of people gathering to worship. That original group of folks, mostly European immigrants, had a bold dream. They wanted to plant an English-speaking, gospel-centered community in the heart of Cincinnati. They wanted a church, not just for themselves, but a church for the whole city.
175 years later, that dream continues to unfold. FLC has seen a lot of change over the decades but has always placed God’s mission first as it has faithfully matured disciples and lived out of a place of redeeming grace.
We are a beautiful collection of people from all corners of the city. We are single, married, widowed, and divorced. We are day laborers, artists, construction workers, professionals, unemployed, children of all ages, and stay-at- home parents. Above all, we are all beggars needing the love and grace of God found in Jesus.
Known as “OTR” for short, our neighborhood is believed to be the largest, most intact urban historic district in the United States. Largely settled by German immigrants in the 19th century, our neighborhood is home to some of the most beautiful buildings in the city. OTR is filled with people from all walks of life; from the homeless to the upwardly mobile, our corner of the city continues to be a center of culture and diversity. OTR could also be called Cincinnati’s arts district with its many theaters, schools, and galleries.