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Pastor Kenassa T. Shobor was ordained as a pastor with the Ethiopian Mekane Yesus Church in January 2000. He served the church in various capacities until he moved to the USA where he started serving the Lord as an associate with the Oromo Evangelical Church of Washington DC. He was unanimously called by the Oromo Evangelical Lutheran church, Washington DC, members on January 18, 2015 and installed as a senior pastor of the church on March 1, 2015.





            OUR CHURCH



The Oromo Evangelical Lutheran Church (OELC) of Washington DC is an Oromo Speaking congregation built by immigrant of Lutheran Oromo Christians from the Horn of Africa over 32 years ago and re-strengthened in 2013 that represents this congregation. The purpose of re-strengthened OELC congregation is to do Christian Ministry among the community members in Washington DC Metro area and to build the Kingdom of God while maintaining the faith for the young generation Lutherans.


Our vision is to be a church that is spiritually matured with steady spiritual growth of members built on the body of Christ through its ministries.

Our mission is to follow and make followers of Christ, proclaim God’s love through word and sacrament, serving one another and the larger community.

The OELC confesses the Triune God — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. We proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. In our preaching and teaching our church trusts the Gospel as the power of God for the salvation of all who believe.


We believe and teach that marriage is a sacred institution of a union created by God between a man and a woman only.

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