The people of the world are finding their way in the cities and neighborhoods of the Southeastern District. More than 300,000 Ethiopian Immigrants call the DC-Baltimore Metro area “home”. Small worshiping communities are gathering in homes, shopping centers, and shared congregational space throughout the Southeastern District. At this time (2018), there are 29 worshiping communities and chartered congregations, with more beginning each month.

Support for these new missions takes shape in several very important ways. Start-up grant are often provided for the new mission. There is a great investment in equipping and preparing leaders for these ministries through local networks, the Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT), colloquy, and the Pastoral Leadership Institute.

Immigrant Ministries

Ethiopian Lutheran at St. Andrew, Silver Spring MD

Zion Praise Tabernacle at Trinity, Bowie MD

Missionaries Serving Among Us

Mission Nation Publishing ( has been giving voice to missionaries in America by sharing their stories in print and through video.  Within the missions and congregations of the Southeastern District are men and women from all over the world who have answered God’s Call to come and share the Good News of the Gospel.  Come and meet some of those missionary leaders who are serving in the Southeastern District and beyond:

Teka Fogi - Oromo Resurrection Church in Kensington MD

Yared Halche - Southeastern District Staff in Ellicott City MD

Daniel Keah - Formerly with Lamb of God in Landover Hills MD, now serving in Liberia

Alemayehu Wedajo - Oromo Evangelical Church of D.C. in Washington, D.C.

Orlando Flahn - New Hope Mission in Laurel MD

Belete Belay - Galilee Lutheran Church in Chester MD

Joseph Lewis - Lamb of God in Landover Hills MD

Tesfai Tesema - Church planter in San Jose CA

Johnson Rethinasamy - Immanuel Whitestone in Whitestone NY

Yohannes Mengsteab - Texas District Staff in Austin TX