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What We Are About

Tradition We rejoice in our calling to be the 'College Church' at Lenoir-Rhyne University, a faithful partner in  the life of our Hickory community and a loyal, leading congregation in the North Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

Community Founded soon after the establishment of the church's College in l893, this congregation has shared the campus and much of the campus life in every way.   Students, faculty and staff have seen the church as part of their college community.

Leadership A leader in community ministries, St Andrew's congregation is a sustaining partner with other churches in Cooperative Christian Ministries, the Family Cares ministry to homeless families and Hospice of Catawba.   In partnership with the Lutheran Services to the Aging and Bethany Lutheran Church we operate the Lutherhaus Apartments adjacent to the church facility.

Our membership has long included individuals active in the leadership of the Synod.  We host activities of the Synod through the year and enjoy the proximity of the annual Assembly at the College.

Mission Unique in having our own standing committee for Global Missions,  St Andrew's helps to support ELCA missionaries and helps lead the community at large in awareness of mission opportunities and challenges.

Vision High quality music, faithful and informed attention to the high standards of liturgical worship in our Lutheran tradition, and learning for all ages mark our spiritual fellowship and worship as truly dedicated to the vision of those who founded our church.


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