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The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia ( , or LELB) is a Lutheran Protestant church in Latviamarker. Latvia’s Lutheran heritage dates back to the Reformation. Both the Nazi and communist regimes persecuted the church harshly before religious freedom returned to Latvia in 1988.

The Church is governed by a Consistory composed of clergy and laity elected by the synod. The Archbishop serves as its president. Archbishop Jānis Vanags, first elected in 1993 at a special synod meeting following the untimely death of Archbishop Kārlis Gailītis in 1992, was consecrated bishop on August 29 1993 by the Archbishop of the Lutheran Church of Sweden.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Latvia reports as of 2006 that there are 113 pastors and 86 evangelists serving its 293 congregations with a total membership of 580,000.

The ELCL is a member of the Lutheran World Federation, the World Council of Churchesmarker and the Conference of European Churches, and is currently negotiating membership in the Porvoo Communion. ELCL is in full fellowship with the Lutheran Church - Missouri Synod (LCMS).

Along with other sections of Lutheranism the ELCL claims full apostolic succession. It is noted for its conservative Lutheran stance, which is comparatively rare in Europe.

See also

Confessional Lutheran Church , another Lutheran church in Latvia, affiliated with the Confessional Evangelical Lutheran Conference

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