The African Descent Lutheran Association is committed to living out our faith by expressing our love for one another and affirming our cultural heritage as gifts to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and by working toward a full realization of the unity that is to be found in Jesus Christ.

Karibu in Swahili means "Welcome"!

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National Membership 

National membership to ADLA is available with either annual renewal or lifetime membership. Annual membership dues are due February 1st of each year for the period, February 1- January 31. 

Membership amounts are as follows:

  • Annual - Individual $25.00
  • Annual - Student $15.00
  • Annual - Elder $15.00 (55+)
  • Annual - Couple $40.00
  • Lifetime - $500.00 (Option is available to pay as two payments of $250 each, if desired.)
Please note: With either annual or lifetime membership, members affiliated with a local chapter may have local chapter dues as well.

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Checks addressed to the African Descent Lutheran Association may be mailed to: 

African Descent Lutheran Association
607 Glen Lane
Northridge Estates
West Norriton, PA 19403

Would you be open to having a conversation about where you see the African Descent Lutheran Association would make a difference for you?

Please e-mail the membership team at africandescentlutherans@gmail.com with your name and contact information for a follow-up conversation with your questions.




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President's Remarks to ELCA Church Council, April 2016


In recognition and adherence to the Statement of Vision and purpose, members are expected to:

BE A RESOURCE for leading conversations on
race, ethnicity and culture in congregations;

a full realization of the unity that is to be found in Jesus Christ;

diversity in the human family;

our freedom in Christ;

a ministry of reconciliation among diverse people in the church and society; and

fully engaged with the affairs of the ELCA assemblies, synods, regions, and congregations.


Rev. Lamont A. Wells *
– President

Nicole Hudson *– Vice President

Joyce Adams *
– Recording Secretary

Krystall Hamlett *
– Corresponding Secretary

Tracey A. Beasley *
– Treasurer

Dale Washington
– Region 2 Rep

Rev. Vivian Thomas-Breitfeld & Rev. Lester White 
– Region 5 Reps

Rev. Dr. Leonard Killings
– Region 6 Rep

Maxine Young
– Region 7 Rep

John Henderson 
– Region 8 Rep

Rev. Lucille Mills
– Region 9 Rep

Rev. Dr. Albert Starr *
– Program Director for African Descent Ministries, ELCA

Rev. Dr. Cheryl Pero Council of International Black Lutherans

* Denotes Executive Board