Pastor Ralph Carl Wushke

Our church has a “come as you are” atmosphere. You will see some dressed up; some dressed casual. We have no expectations for attire.

Message from the Church Council

Leadership transition

We are happy that Pastor Ralph Carl Wushke has been called to be the permanent pastor at First Evangelical Lutheran Church. The Rite for Installation and Re-Instatement took place in a Holy Communion service on Saturday, January 18, 2020.  Eastern Synod Bishop Michael Pryse presided, and ELCIC National Bishop Susan Johnson preached the sermon.

We believe

…that everyone has a place here, regardless of who you are.  Come as you are.
…that God has called us to serve our neighbourhood.
…that the Spirit is leading us to transform our lives and the world around us.

First Evangelical Lutheran Church is a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada, and we live in relationship with Christians all over the world.

We believe in Jesus Christ who, through the power of the Holy Spirit, calls us to serve our neighbour and to love all of our neighbours as ourselves.

If you are looking for a place to worship while visiting Toronto, or a spiritual home where you can join others who are finding the Way, or simply some peace in the midst of a hectic life, First is a great place to start.


David Berg,
Council Chair, First Ev. Lutheran Church,