International Lutheran Church, ILC for short, is an English-language Christian ministry in the Lutheran tradition, affiliated with The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. We welcome people from all 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. In the last year we have welcomed members and visitors from the U.S., Korea, Canada, Mexico, Tanzania, Indonesia, Iraq, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa, Papua New Guinea, France, Syria, and other locations.
ILC was founded in 1961 as a Lutheran mission to the nearby US military base. While US military personnel are still involved today, the congregation is now primarily expatriates and Koreans. 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, kitchen, nursery, classrooms, 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. On Sundays, we have two Socially Responsible Services (9:00 and 11:00 AM), following government protocols for seating capacity, mask wearing, no food service, and other regulations. We celebrate the Lord's Supper each service, and we have Sunday School (online with limited in-person participation) for all ages of children as well as adult Bible studies on Sunday and Wednesday nights (7:00 PM). NOTE: Please check the home page for updates regarding potential changes in the worship schedule.
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 Shinggal, Korea by providing student scholarship support each year.
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, Boy Scouts, Camarata Children's Choir, and others.
You are more than welcome and we look forward to your visit!