About the Church
International Lutheran Church, known as "ILC," is an English-language Christian ministry in the Lutheran tradition. We welcome people from all religious backgrounds, all countries, all denominations, and all ages. We are about 40% North Americans, 40% Korean nationals, and 20% people from other places in the world, with a total involvement of about 200 people.
ILC was founded in the early 1960's as a Lutheran mission to the nearby US military base. While US military personnel are still involved today, the congregation is now primarily expatriates from all walks of life. We are soldiers, officers, teachers, professors, homemakers, students, business people, local community dwellers, and anyone else who enjoys the warm inviting atmosphere with which ILC welcomes everyone. The church grounds include a sanctuary, fellowship area and kitchen, children's room, classrooms, and a back yard and patio.
Our worship is always centered on the scriptures, and we seek to apply God's teachings to our own lives through our music, sermons, and prayers. We are conveniently located near the Hangangjin subway station (Line 6). We also have a bus stop directly in front of the church which serves lines 402, 407, 420, 142, and 144. If you are coming by car we have a free parking lot. On Sundays, we have one worship service (10:00 am). We celebrate the Lord's Supper each service, and we have sunday school for all ages of children as well as adult Bible studies on Sunday mornings (9:00 am) and Wednesday nights (7:00 pm).
We are active in the Seoul community supporting various social ministries, especially those that help orphaned and special needs children. Additionally, we support Luther University in Shingal, Korea by providing student scholarship support each year. A favorite congregational tradition is the annual US Thanksgiving Day dinner, open to all members, friends, and visitors.
Other groups regularly use our facilities for their programs, most notably the Evangelische Gemeinde Deutscher Sprache in Korea (The German Protestant Church). We also host groups such as AA, Al-Anon, Narcotics Anonymous, Camarata choir and children's choir, Bible Study Fellowship leader's meeting, and others.
You are more than welcome and we look forward to your visit!